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Q&A With DiMauro Dance


Earlier this week, we got the chance to speak with Jessica DiMauro -Artistic Director/Choreographer of DiMauro Dance. Through a quick Q&A, Jessica gave us some insight on the history and inspiration behind DiMauro Dance.

We’re so excited to welcome the team to our Manhattan showroom on February 4th from 5-8pm at 200 LEX. 

They will be preforming a modern dance routine at the Opening Reception of ‘the Fanciful World’. This event will coincide with transFORM’s Second Annual 7th Heaven Design Party, sponsored by the Interior Design Society, New York Chapter. All of the showrooms on the Seventh Floor of the New York Design Center will be open and full of surprises to make your evening magical. Each showroom will be presenting their own innovative designs, unique displays, crafted cocktails and heavenly culinary indulgences.

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(Photography by Yi-Chun Wu)

DiMauro Dance is a five-member company characterized by the use of emotional intent, athleticism, grounded physicality and urban influenced movement. The company is based in Manhattan, with roots in Westchester County. Jessica’s choreography has been seen at venues throughout the Tri-state area.

Q: What is your main inspiration for dance?

A: As a choreographer deeply invested in the artistic exploration of the human experience, I am intrigued by the challenge of developing literal gesture into abstract movement while keeping the emotional integrity. In my work, the body is used as a vessel to express the rich layers of human emotion. I am constantly fascinated by the body’s ability to express subtlety and grace, and conversely show aggression and struggle. My choreography tells a story or sheds light on a particular subject, while giving the performer the opportunity to viscerally experience the emotional intention through movement. I compose movement that is structurally athletic and emotionally driven by raw human emotion. Through performances that utilize community participation as a foundation, I have made it a goal to bring the public into the world of concert dance; specifically the infrequent dance spectator who is intimidated, frustrated or confused by the opacity of modern dance. As an artist, I want to create work that entertains with depth. Personal stories and emotional journeys are revealed through movement that is accessible and experienced by the people who watch it.

Q: What made you want to create your own dance company?

A: In 2006, I created DiMauro Dance in response to the lack of opportunity for modern dancers. My peers and I were craving performance experience and I became proactive in searching out opportunity for us as a group. Since then, many of my dancers have changed, but the goal remains the same; creating a place for us and our art to be seen and experienced.

Q: Where are the different venues that you have performed at?

A: We have performed our work at traditional venues, including Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, The Flea Theater, Purchase College, and The Crystal Theater. We have also engaged in cite-specific work at non-traditional venues such as a community garden in Manhattan and a floating barge on the Hudson River.

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(The Annual Benefit for the Steffi Nossen School of Dance and The Dance in Education Fund, Purchase College – Photography by Bill Bramswig)

Q: Can you clarify your connection with the Steffi Nossen School of Dance in White Plains?

A: We do not operate as a school, but rather a fiscally sponsored dance company made up of freelance artists. However, we are very much connected to Steffi Nossen School of Dance in White Plains, NY. Aside from being Artistic Director of DiMauro Dance, I am also Artistic Director of Steffi Nossen and many of my dancers have taught there. We have done company residencies and many performances through the dance school, as well as have an ongoing Space Grant from their dance foundation.

Q: What style of dance do you prefer?

A: We work primarily in modern dance but continue to be inspired by a number of dance genres.

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(Photography by Yi-Chun Wu)

Q: What challenges do you think you’ll encounter when preforming at our space?

A: We rarely have so much space to move in! The challenge will be utilizing the space in the hallway portion of our performance, and then majorly downsizing when performing in the gallery.

Q: What are you most excited about when performing at our space?

A: We love bringing modern dance into non-traditional settings! I am also thrilled that we will be including live music in this performance!

For more information about this event please visit here. 

Jessica DiMauro Short Reel 2014 from Jessica DiMauro on Vimeo.

 

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Bella Kotak


Let Go (2014)

Let Go (2014)

Original photo print under acrylic glass
50" x 50"
$4,500
Also available in:
19.75" x 19.75"
$1,800

New Queen Rising (2015)

New Queen Rising (2015)

Original photo print under acrylic glass
50" x 50"
$5,000
Also available in:
19.75" x 19.75"
$2,000

Breathing Light (2014)

Breathing Light (2014)

Original photo print under matte glass
60" x 40"
$6,000
Also available in:
23.75" x 15.75"
$2,400

Winter's Dream (2014)

Winter's Dream (2014)

Original photo print under acrylic glass
60" x 40"
$6,000
Also available in:
23.75" x 15.75"
$2,400

A River Flows In You (2015)

A River Flows In You (2015)

Original photo print under acrylic glass
32" x 18"
$3,200
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12.5" x 7"
$1,250

Of Moon and Stars (2015)

Of Moon and Stars (2015)

Original photo print under matte glass
40" x 30"
$4,500
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This Place Was A Shelter (2014)

This Place Was A Shelter (2014)

Original photo print under acrylic glass
30" x 30"
$3,000
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Summer Lingers (2014)

Summer Lingers (2014)

Original photo print under acrylic glass
30" x 30"
$3,000
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Bella Kotak is a fine art, fashion, and conceptual artist based in England. Her work celebrates the ethereal state of nature coupled with the femininity, beauty, and strength of women. Bella’s creations are like stepping into a story, fairytale-like land where magic is found in the most ordinary of locations. A place where free spirited, independent, beautiful, strong-hearted characters come to life. Her work has been featured in magazines and newspapers around the world.

 

 

Bella’s main inspiration comes from, nature, flowers, the beauty and colors of ever-changing seasons, beautiful muses, pre Raphaelite paintings, Greek nymphs and their stories, royalty in fairytales and ideas of character’s journey in a darker nature driven world.

“I’ve been taking pictures since the day I discovered my Dad’s camera and claimed it as my own. I began teaching myself Photoshop in 2007 and it wasn’t long before I began to combine the two interests realizing that together they created an amazing and limitless way to tell stories.

Growing up in sun kissed Kenya I was surrounded by color and wild untamed natural life. Since moving to England I now appreciate and long for the beauty of natural bold colors and warm tones.

An aim I gave myself as a teen was to try to travel to a new place every year and so far a few of the places I’ve visited are Japan, Vietnam, Bali, Europe, Morroco, India and even managed to go up into the Arctic Circle. Every new place and experience has a tale to tell and creates stories in me that I try to capture and express.”

 

‘the Fanciful World’ Opening Reception


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 Opening Reception at the 7th Heaven Design Party, Sponsored by IDS, NY Chapter

Please RSVP to rsvp@transformgallery.com 

transFORM GALLERY cordially invites you to the Opening Reception of ‘the Fanciful World’, February 4th, from 5-8pm, at the New York Design Center’s 7th HEAVEN DESIGN PARTY, sponsored by the Interior Design Society, NY Chapter, in conjunction with 200 LEX’s 7th Floor Showrooms. The evening will include a performance by Jessica DiMauro Dance Company.

Artists, Bella Kotak and Catherine Latson, draw their inspiration from the natural world creating mystical and breathtaking environments, fanciful garments and sculpture – drawing the viewer into an enchanting land via sight and touch.

 

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About Artist Bella Kotak – 

 

Fashion and conceptual photographer Bella Kotak says her main inspiration comes from, “nature, flowers, the beauty and colors of ever-changing seasons, my beautiful muses, pre Raphaelite paintings, Greek nymphs and their stories, royalty in fairytales and ideas of character’s journey in a darker nature driven world. Most of my images are pieces of several shots and for that to happen, I have to catch those moments in camera. Everything you see in a final image was captured on camera, just at different times. I bring the best storytelling qualities of different photos together to create one fully realized picture. I begin by going through the images and making selections and notes of different pieces of the image I like, for example, her face in one photo, her body language in another, the flow of fabric or how the smoke curled in this picture, and so on. Once I have a collection ready I open everything up in PhotoShop and meticulously begin to piece the puzzle together until the image I see emerge is the one I could already see when shooting. Once I have the composition finished, it’s then I begin with color toning and clearing up any distracting details. ”

 

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About Artist Catherine Latson – 

 

Sculpture and scenic artist Catherine Latson’s “Garment Series”, offers and unconventional take on the art and engineering of self-decoration. “Using exclusively organic and repurposed materials, the language of clothing is explored. Garment forms are re-imagined in moss, sea urchin shells, peacock quills, and more. While the forms are recognizably human, they are fragmented, weathered, and curious. They each have a story, a ghost, if you will. Clothing, whether it serves as camouflage or commentary, is a uniquely human experience. I want to turn that experience, that language, on it’s head by offering whimsical and improbable reinventions of the packages we put ourselves in.”

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About the 7th Heaven Design Party – 

We cordially invite you to experience 7th Heaven. Join us on February 4th, from3pm – 8pm to explore and celebrate the spirit of great design on the 7th floor at 200 LEX.

All of the showrooms on the Seventh Floor of the New York Design Center will be open and full of surprises to make your evening magical. Each showroom will be presenting their own innovative designs, unique displays, crafted cocktails and heavenly culinary indulgences. The evening will also include a performance by Jessica DiMauro Dance Company.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of New York’s finest furnishings and catch a warming drink with wonderful company on a cold winter’s night.

 

Keith Green Holiday Sale | Now – 1/10/16


Hey! Ho! Lets go!

After numerous inquires from Dee Dee Ramone fans, photographer, Keith Green is offering a rare print from his documentary series, “Dee Dee Ramone: Cold Turkey at the Chelsea” – now through January 10, 2016.

“The gift-giving holidays are here, and what better gift idea than a collectable, signed limited edition museum quality print. I’m making a rare offer of an 8X10 fiber- based silver gelatin, signed print of punk icon, Dee Dee Ramone from the Chelsea Hotel series. The photograph will be hand-printed by New York City’s premier black and white print maker, Laurent Girard whose printed the images from this Chelsea Hotel series exclusively since the beginning, as well as making prints for the likes of Bob Gruen, Mick Rock, Patti Smith and Lou Reed to name a few. The offering price is 250/USD ( +10 for shipping & handeling), and will run through January 10, 2016.” – Keith Green

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Dee Dee Ramone, The Chelsea NYC 1 | 8″ x 10″| Unframed| $250 USD

 

Payment Information:

transFORM Gallery accepts cashier’s checks and personal checks. We also accept Visa or MasterCard. When paying with a card, payments are processed online at: transformhome.com/payments.

In the Account #  box, please write “Art” and the days date, (for example: Art120915).

 

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Click here for more information on Keith Green.

 

CROSS COUNTY – YoHo Meets NewRo Opening Reception


transFORM Gallery, and our event sponsor, Westchester Magazine, thank all of you who attended, “Cross County – YoHo Meets NewRo”.

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We also thank our artists Catherine Latson, Ginny Fox, Alexa Grace, and John Folchi for joining us at the opening reception and taking a few minutes to speak about their artwork and creative process.

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transFORM Art Gallery Director, Kara O’Neill,  lead the presentation by speaking about the YoHo Studio and her inspirations behind the show. Before giving up the floor, she spoke about Pasquale Miele, who could not attend the opening, calling his work both whimsical and “Basquiat-like”.

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Catherine Latson then discussed how nature is the text and a full-fledged collaborator behind her work. She has a passion for using exclusively organic and repurposed materials. Her latest collection, The Garment Series, offers an unconventional take on art and engineering of self-decoration.

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Ginny Fox revealed how she uses her hands, rather than brushes, to create clean lines. By layering and removing the paint with a white rag or t shirt, her hands become the vehicle for creating alternating fields of depth and translucent light.

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Alexa Grace spoke of her artistic journey, working with notable illustrators, such as Edward Gorey. She began illustrating for The Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, The Village Voice, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, both Time and LIFE Magazines, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Detroit Free Press, L.A. Times, Mademoiselle, Dia Nappon Printing, etc. She also has published adult and children’s books, to her credit.

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White Plains artist John Folchi, explained the skill behind dramatizing his cloud paintings, working from both photographs and memory he creates an emotional vista bringing a sense of levity or foreboding to his subjects.

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transFORM Co-Founder, Andreas Messis lead a group tour of the manufacturing operations of transFORM’s built-in closets and custom cabinetry facilities.

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A special transFORM Gallery thank you goes out to Jeremy Bacon for performing jazz standards throughout the night. The evening concluded when Kara honored the requests of her guests and performed a few jazz tunes for a grand musical finale.

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Take a look at the great time we had :

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(Courtesy of Robert Stevens)

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Photos: John Greene – Color Fields and Alexander Rutsch – A Retrospective Opening Reception


The energy of NYC’s Autumn Arts and Culture season was reflected at New York Design Center’s building wide event, What’s New What’s Next. This highly anticipated interior design celebration drew in over 6,000 people.

In the same vein, transFORM Gallery’s opening reception, John Greene – Color Fields and Alexander Rutsch – A Retrospective,  created an exciting pulse.

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Alexander Rutsch, a prolific artist was a painter and sculptor, moved to Paris in 1950’s, where he became an influential force in the city’s art scene. In Europe, Rutsch studied with artists such as Herbert Boeckl, Josef Dobrosky, and collaborated with Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.  

Works by Rutsch are part of numerous private and public collections in Europe and the United States. He is represented at the Albertina, the Belvedere Museum and the Academy of Fine Arts all in Vienna, Austria; the Palace de Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium; the Art of Liege, Liege, Galerie Espace, Paris, France; Belgium; Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY; the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA; and the Museum of Modern Art in New Orleans, LA.

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John Greene, works in both single and multi-dimensional formats in encaustic, which is beeswax. He occasionally incorporates lead and copper in his paintings, which have an ever-changing patina and surface, whereas the wax, which is difficult to control and may lead to wonderful “accidents” in the end, counteracts the aging and metamorphosis of the rest of his materials.

The show includes some of Greene’s earliest works, alongside his more recent larger abstract color field paintings. In the final analysis, the one constant in all of Greene’s paintings is his surfaces, which are rich, varied, and encourage the observer to “read” the paintings over and over again.

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(Gwen Greene, Artist John Greene, & Art Gallery Director Kara O’Neill)

The viewers were virtually surrounded by color and image, an enveloping experience that blended well with transFORM’s custom cabinetry. Friends and family of our artists, as well as guests of transFORM Home, created a large and appreciative buzz, listening to live jazz, throughout the night.

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