Posts Tagged ‘Transformer’

Celebrity Facematch: A Guessing Game for Gallery Scenesters

Once you’ve been to more than a few art openings in D.C., you start to recognize a regular cast of characters. There’s the tatted-up white girl with a sunny smile, the Asian guy in hipster glasses with a camera around his neck, the attractive young power couple, the well-dressed Washington City Paper fine arts critic.
And [...]

The Future of D.C. Arts, as Told by Matt Yglesias, Holly Bass, Brendan Canty, and Victoria Reis

Start a kids-only lending library of donated instruments from established musicians. Team up with local affordable housing activists to lobby for responsible development. Sell art through subscription services. Amend zoning laws to carve out space for art studios.
That's how D.C. arts will stay solvent in the future, according to the guests at last night's District of Change: Making [...]

Local Artists Interpret Beijing in Transformer’s “Atmosphere”

Befitting the shoebox-sized Transformer gallery, the current exhibit “Atmosphere” is small, but it packs a punch.
The exhibit, which consists of just seven works by four artists, stems from a two-week visit to China last summer organized and funded in part by a D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities Sister Cities International Art Grant. (Beijing [...]

Gallery Owners Trade Traditional Spaces for Pop-Ups and Shares

When Andrea Pollan announced that she was leaving her gallery space, Curator’s Office, at 1515 14th Street NW, she was emphatic that she wasn’t closing it down for good. She’d run the microgallery for nine years before her lease expired in June 2013, but with rising rents putting storefront or smaller spaces on the District’s commercial [...]

D.C.’s Year in Art Galleries: Woof

The news that Civilian Art Projects is closing its 7th Street NW gallery space caps off a year of many memorable exhibits—and too many art galleries passing into memory.
While Civilian director Jayme McLellan is taking her situation in stride, planning a 2014 full of pop-up shows and house salons, hers is not the only gallery [...]

Civilian Art Projects Closing Its Space in Mount Vernon Square

On Dec. 19, Mount Vernon Square gallery Civilian Art Projects held a holiday party for all its artists, friends, and supporters. It was the last event the art venture will host in the space; Civilian closes its doors tomorrow on New Year's Eve.
Jayme McLellan, who founded Civilian eight years ago and has operated it at [...]

ToDo ToDay: Donavon Frankenreiter! Bombadil!

Mustache aficionado and generally chill dude Donavon Frankenreiter comes from the Jack Johnson school of surfers who play guitar and preach eternal love. And unlike Johnson, his sun-drenched whimsy rarely feels dumbed down and creepily whispered into your ears. If you’re looking for ditties that sound equally mellow and less earwormy than “Bubble Toes,” Frankenreiter [...]

Adrian Parsons, “Everynone,” at Transformer

If "Everynone" at Transformer guaranteed anything to viewers, it was the opportunity to see a delirious Adrian Parsons. And sure enough, when I saw him, at hour 46 of his continuous 48-hour drawing installation—during which he hadn't slept—he looked like one zonked-out Adrian Parsons. I'd seen him in this state at least once before: back [...]

Photo: Everynone

E10 Conceptual Art: Adrian Parsons at Transformer, 1404 P St. NW.  July 11th.

Think There’s No Room for Emerging Artists in D.C.? You’re Wrong.

Dear dude I argued with at Black Cat a couple of weeks ago,
From what I recall, I ended our conversation after you told me to go fuck myself. But right before that, we were arguing about whether or not D.C. is a supportive place for emerging artists.
You claimed to have investigated every gallery, and you [...]

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