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Calling Artists For An Animal Themed Exhibition


transFORM Gallery will present an animal themed exhibit at our New Rochelle Showroom & Gallery on 20 Jones Street. Rescue Me will be on display from July 9 to September 10, 2016. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday July 9th, in collaboration with the Humane Society of Westchester.

 

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In an effort to raise awareness for the compassionate care and treatment of animals, transFORM Gallery is hosting a fundraiser for the Human Society of Westchester. Artwork, animal themed in nature, both wild and domestic, will be accepted for consideration.
 
Artists may submit original two- and three-dimensional wall-hung work, in all media, not to exceed a hanging weight of 20 pounds. Sculptures will also be eligible for acceptance.

 

The work must also meet the following requirements:

 

  • All work must be submitted via high-res photo, in 300 dpi format.
  • An artist bio, headshot, resume and price list should be attached as well. The price list must include an image of the piece with its corresponding title, medium, size and price.
  • All work submitted must be available for exhibiting for the duration of the exhibit.
  • Substitutions will not be allowed. Final work will be selected by the transFORM Gallery Committee.
  • Artists must enter their submission by the May 27th deadline.
  • Artists must also be available to attend the Opening Reception on July 9th. The event will run from 3-7pm.

 

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Artists will be notified by June 6th and must deliver their work on June 27th.

The exhibition runs July 9, 2016 to September 10, 2016.

This is an offur impawsible to refuse – send your submissions in today! :)

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PHOTO BLOG : Larger than LIFE


transFORM Gallery, and our event sponsor, Westchester Magazine, thank all of you who attended our Opening Reception of “Larger than LIFE” on Saturday, March 5th.

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With over 75 guests, we were delighted to see many new and familiar faces in attendance. Aside from the artwork, guests enjoyed great food provided by Eastchester Fish Gourmet and musical entertainment by Jazz Vibraphonist, Eric Katz.

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The outstanding work of Sonne Hernandez, aka SJ Riley and Michael Thornton-Smith was further enhanced by their commentary on their artwork and creative process. Andreas Messis (Co-Founder) and Kara O’Neill (Art Gallery Director), opened the presentation by explaining transFORM Gallery’s innovative concept. Kara’s thought-provoking talk was centered around our artists’ ability to paint life as we know it – this time depicted exceedingly bigger, more impressive, evocative and memorable.

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Sonne Hernandez approaches her composition with her deteriorating eyes, being severely near-sighted she mimics how she sees her world around her. Her abstract photo-realism oil paintings, evoke the viewer to both come closer and stand back to visually process the paintings. Sonne explains it best, “having to come very close to the recognize the objects while everything around it disappears produces a feeling of larger than life.”  

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Michael Thornton-Smith spoke about his exploration into the dynamic forms and saturated colors of selected flowers. “As I became more comfortable working with a subject matter I had shied away from previously – I began to play with enormity, scale and abstraction of the subject attempting to achieve a luminosity inherent in particular varieties of flowers.”

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The Dandelion flower became his jumping off point into create cosmic mandalas of light. At first they were monochromatic paintings concentrating on the essence of form but eventually led to working with ethereal and tertiary colors.

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A big transFORM thank you goes out to our two artist – Sonne and Michael.

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We’d also like to say a huge thank to those who joined us in launching “Larger than LIFE”.

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If you missed the Opening Reception there’s still time to see this collection. Artwork will be on display and available for purchase, now through May 15, 2016.

More photos from the night :

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Larger Than LIFE Opening Reception


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Opening Reception ◇ March 5th from 5-8pm
20 Jones Street New Rochelle, NY 10801

Sponsored by Westchester Magazine. 

transFORM GALLERY cordially invites you to the Opening Reception of Larger Than LIFE, March 5th, from 5-8pm, at transFORM’s New Rochelle Showroom & Gallery, sponsored by Westchester Magazine.

Photo Realistic artists S.J. RileySonne Hernandez and Michael Thornton-Smith paint life as we know it – this time depicted exceedingly bigger, more impressive, evocative and memorable.

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Brooklyn based artist, S J Riley aka Sonne Hernandez, focuses in on the details and movement of her subject. Her abstract photo-realism oil paintings evoke the viewer to both come closer and stand back to visually process her paintings. The subject matter is blown up or in movement to the point where the contents become hidden. The absence of hard lines and instead soft layered brushstrokes’ that bleed into one another give the surface a very abstract feel. Until the subject reveals itself and suddenly it’s realism.  Riley approaches her composition with her deteriorating eyes, being severely near-sighted she mimics how she sees her world around her. Having to come very close to recognize the object while everything around it disappears and from a distance how objects just bleed into one another or produce movement. The final outcome is a feeling of larger than life.

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Michael Thornton-Smith’s Dandelion 2, began with an exploration into the dynamic forms and saturated colors of selected flowers. “As I became more comfortable working with a subject matter I had shied away from previously; I began to play with enormity, scale and abstraction of the subject attempting to achieve a luminosity inherent in particular varieties of flowers. The dandelion flower gone to seed became a jumping off point to create cosmic mandalas of light. At first they were monochromatic paintings concentrating on the essence of form but eventually led to working with ethereal and tertiary colors. This is an ongoing project.”

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The evening will include live entertainment with Jazz Vibraphonist, Eric Katz.

His melodic doublings on vibes with the piano suggest the bygone days of the George Shearing Quintet.

He has played the vibes alongside Victor La Gamma, Andy Eulau, Pamela Sklar, Doug Proper, Lester Harper, Dylan La Gamma, and the Blue Hudson Jazz Group, among others.

 

Please RSVP to info@transformgallery.com.

 

Photo Blog: the Fanciful World Opening Reception


Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it did. Invite a trope of modern dancers to perform, bring over an international photographer jetting in from London, deliver a Westchester artist making gowns from feathers and sea urchin shells, place glowing orbs, cherry blossoms and french pussy willow branches throughout the showroom and you get a 2016 7th Heaven Event & Fanciful World Art Opening that had jaws dropping and minds spinning.

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transFORM Gallery, and our event sponsor, IDS New York, thank all of you who attended our Opening Reception of ‘the Fanciful World’ on Thursday, February 4th.

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The spirit of great design was shining, both within our walls and at the adjoining 7th Floor showrooms. All of our wonderful neighbors at the New York Design Center were open and full of surprises, making the night even more magical.  

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A big shout out of thanks to Jessica DiMauro and the DiMauro Dance Company for giving us two fantastic performances. Their professionalism and modern dance added to the event, allowing our guests to experience a different type of entertainment.

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(Nicholas Doyle Photography)

It’s safe to say this collection of artists has taken the Gallery to the next level by showing their exemplary use of style and creativity.

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Exhibiting 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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(Exhibiting Artists, Catherine Latson & 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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(Nicholas Doyle Photography)

Sculpture and scenic artist Catherine Latson’s “Garment Series”, offers an 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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It was truly a spectacular night with truly spectacular visual and performing artists.

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(DiMauro Dance Company, Catherine Latson, Kara O’Neill, Bella Kotak, Andreas Messis & Stuart Reisch)

Thank you everyone for coming together to make this happen!

If you missed the opening there is still time to see our amazing collection. Artwork from the ‘the Fanciful World’ will be on display and available for purchase, now through April 24, 2016. Trust me, you will NOT be disappointed!

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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.

 

‘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.