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FIT’s Valerie Steele at tF Gallery


On Friday, November 11th, transFORM welcomed Valerie Steele Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at FIT, to their NYC Gallery and Showroom.

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Valerie Steele, Catherine Latson & Kara O’Neill

“We were BEYOND thrilled that she took the time out of her busy schedule and made the special trip to see the handwork of the talented artist, Catherine Latson. She was very smart, insightful and great to listen to – I could have listened to her for hours. She especially liked the Sea Urchin Tutu piece. Valerie has been looking at the top talent in the worlds of fashion and art for decades and the fact she felt that Catherine’s work was in that category, leaves us bowed down and honored and super excited – especially during such a dark week.”Kara O’Neill 

Valerie Steele & Kara O'Neill discuss "Sea Urchin Tutu"

Valerie Steele & Kara O’Neill discuss “Sea Urchin Tutu”

Valerie Steele is director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she has personally organized more than 20 exhibitions since 1997, including The Corset: Fashioning the BodyLondon FashionGothic: Dark GlamourShoe ObsessionDaphne GuinnessA Queer History of Fashion, and Dance and Fashion. She is also founder and editor in chief of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, the first peer-reviewed, scholarly journal in Fashion Studies.

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Photo by Aaron Corbett

Steele combines serious scholarship (and a Yale Ph.D.) with a rare ability to communicate with general audiences. She is author or co-author of more than 20 books, includingFashion and EroticismParis FashionWomen of FashionFetish: Fashion, Sex and PowerThe Corset: A Cultural HistoryGothic: Dark GlamourJapan Fashion NowThe Impossible Collection FashionThe Berg Companion to Fashion, and Fashion Designers A-Z: The Collection of The Museum at FIT, as well as contributing essays to publications, such as Fashion and Art and Impressionism, Fashion & Modernity. Her books have been translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian.

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As author, curator, editor, and public intellectual, Valerie Steele has been instrumental in creating the modern field of fashion studies and in raising awareness of the cultural significance of fashion. She has appeared on many television programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show and Undressed: The Story of Fashion.  Described in The Washington Post as one of fashions brainiest women and by Suzy Menkes as The Freud of Fashion, she was listed among Fashions 50 Most Powerful by the Daily News and as one of The People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry in the Business of Fashion 500 (2014)

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Thank you, Valerie. This will definitely be a day to remember!

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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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(Nicholas Doyle Photography)

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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(Nicholas Doyle Photography)

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!

More photos from the Fanciful World :

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(Nicholas Doyle Photography)

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(Photo by @wanhattan via Instagram)

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(Nicholas Doyle Photography)

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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
Also available in:
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
Also available in:
11.75" x 15.75"
$1,350

This Place Was A Shelter (2014)

This Place Was A Shelter (2014)

Original photo print under acrylic glass
30" x 30"
$3,000
Also available in:
11.75" x 11.75"
$1,200

Summer Lingers (2014)

Summer Lingers (2014)

Original photo print under acrylic glass
30" x 30"
$3,000
Also available in:
11.75" x 11.75"
$1,200


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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.

 

Elise Black


 

 

EliseBlack-Headshot-1Elise Black is a multi-media artist residing in Westport, Ct. Her inspiration comes from a multitude of sources including nature as well as man-made materials and objects. Working in many mediums allows for a cross-pollination of ideas and concepts…. many resulting in visually engaging, textural and dimensional works of art.

Her work as an illustrator and designer in the fashion industry in the 1980’s is reflective in her handling of her works on canvas…some have sewn panels and elements, others may employ the use of sequins, rhinestones, glass, rubber, yarn and many other unconventional materials.

Her assemblages and sculptures are mixed media creations that are wall-hung and free standing… utilizing found and unconventional objects as well as employing many of her mediums in a single piece of art.

Black’s work appears in corporate and private collections worldwide and is included in the Permanent Art Collection of the town of Westport Ct, as well as the Lower East Side in NYC.