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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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PHOTOS : 1st Annual NYCCDC “New Beginnings” Fundraiser


On Thursday, October 6th transFORM hosted the 1st Annual New York Covenant Development Corporations “New Beginnings” Fundraiser.

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“The NYCCDC was founded in 2006 as a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. NYCCDC’s mission is to care, build and empower the lives of the marginalized by breaking down systemic injustices in lower Westchester County and the Bronx. Since its beginning, NYCCDC has joined with businesses, schools, medical and social service providers, and community organizations to provide the poor with services to help meet their housing, emotional and nutritional needs.”

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

The event was specifically centered around “Isaiah’s Room”, a flagship program that has been serving New Rochelle’s homeless population since 2009.

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

The program provides, on a weekly basis, hot meals, clothing, toiletries and advocacy to the homeless.  In 2015, volunteers and donors fully supported and funded over 8000 served meals. The NYCCDC has come to understand the needs of the homeless quite well. Their volunteers have accompanied their friends to court, assisted them with obtaining legal documents, taken them to domestic abuse centers, helped move them into permanent housing, and much more. The NYCCDC volunteers are in relationship with many of the truly homeless. They help “Isaiah’s Room” stand as a stable refuge for those in need.

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

Guests explored the showroom while enjoying delicious refreshments prepared by the NYCCDC’s Chef Rahsaan White, live jazz and animal themed  artwork, which was on display for transFORM Gallery’s exhibit, “Rescue Me”.

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams  

The viewers were virtually surrounded by color and image, an enveloping experience that blended well with transFORM’s custom cabinetry.

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

It was great to see familiar faces, like New Rochelle’s Mayor Noam Bramson, and to meet many new ones like Rev. Dr. David Randolph Holder.

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

“Rev. Dr. David Randolph Holder is a fourth generation pastor, raised in Laurelton Queens, New York. As part of the Evangelical Covenant Church, Dr. Holder founded New York Covenant Church (NYCC) on July 19, 1998 and has been the Senior Pastor since its inception.”

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Board member, Abbe Udochi spoke briefly about her position within the New York Covenant Community.

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

She specifically mentioned available sponsorship opportunities. Whether it be a donation to the Emergency Monetary Support fund or to the weekend meal services, there are plenty of ways to show support for “Isaiah’s Room”.

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

Aside from transFORM, generous contributions to “Isaiah’s Room” were provided by Affinity Health Plan and Wykagyl Cleaners. In an extra effort to raise awareness, transFORM Gallery donated 10% of all artwork sales to “Isaiah’s Room”.

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

This wonderful “New Beginnings” event raised over $14,000 to benefit “Isaiah’s Room”.

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

transFORM was very excited to host their first event with the NYCCDC and to have the opportunity to meet so many great people within the local community.

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

We look forward to working together on future events!

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

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Anita Lobel for “Rescue Me”


Cat on Cloud

Cat on Cloud

Watercolor & Gouache on Watercolor Paper
Executed with very small brushes.
Featured in “Nini Here and There”. Published 2007
7 ½” x 6 ¼”

Whales in the Ocean

Whales in the Ocean

Watercolor & Gouache on Watercolor Paper
Executed with very small brushes.
Featured in “One Lighthouse, One Moon”. Pub. 2000
7 ½” x 6”

Cat On Elephant

Cat On Elephant

Watercolor & Gouache on Watercolor Paper
Executed with very small brushes.
Featured in “Nini Here and There”. Published 2007
8 ¾” x 6 ¼”

Seagulls by the Shore

Seagulls by the Shore

Watercolor & Gouache on Watercolor Paper
Executed with very small brushes.
Featured in “One Lighthouse, One Moon”. Pub. 2000
7 ½” x 6”

Animals on the Beach

Animals on the Beach

Watercolor & Gouache on Watercolor Paper
Executed with very small brushes.
Featured in “The Cat and the Cook”. Pub.1995
12” x 6 ½”

Rooster

Rooster

Ink on Illustration Board
16 ¼ x 12 ½ (Unframed)
19 ¾ x 15 ½ (framed)

 

Screen-Shot-2014-05-27-at-1.32.19-PMAll the paintings that are in this show are the exact same size as they appear in my books. I didn’t always like doing animals, I used to prefer doing people in costumes, but being a children’s book illustrator, I had to learn to like doing animals. I’m still not good at dogs but eventually my husband and I acquired cats. I then really learned the psychology of a cat. The cat I really love, hence my two cat books Nini Here and There and The Cat & The Cook. I also love drawing pigs. Pigs are easy, you can dress them up or dress them down. Horses not so much.”

At the opening reception of “Rescue Me”, Anita hosted a “Meet and Greet” book signing with a large selection of her children’s books, including Caldecott Honor Winner, “Taking Care of Mama Rabbit”.

Guests really enjoyed speaking with her and having a personal message written in their Anita Lobel book.

“I have been illustrating and writing texts for picture books for children since 1965. Many of my books have been translated into several languages and published abroad.

The early pictures were usually black ink drawings. Laid on top of the drawing, on two or three separate illustration boards, an overlay of watercolor washes was prepared. At the printing press these overlays were translated into colors. Blended together this process, if cleverly manipulated, gave on the printed page from a combination of, for example, a green and red or yellow and blue printers inks, an illusion of almost, but not quite, full color. Even though my books from that era do not blaze in full color, my black and white pictures are always intricate. They and their accompanying overlays are often of real interest to collectors of graphic art created for books.

For the past 25 years or so, printing presses have become much more sophisticated. Books are now beautifully printed mostly in China or Japan. All of us in the picture book field have been liberated to indulge in full color painting. Thus I have accumulated an archive of real paintings from many books, which are truly collectable and displayable. These pictures are in demand. I have sold work to individual collectors and institutions in America as well as Japan. I have been included in group exhibitions, such as the annual exhibition of original picture book art at The Society of Illustrators in New York City, exhibitions organized by museums and educational institutions around the country, i.e., The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia: Myth, Magic and Mystery. One Hundred Years of American Children’s Book Illustration. I have had one person shows at Every Picture Tells a Story in Los Angeles, the Justin Schiller gallery in New York. In Japan my pictures have been included in several museum collections specializing in children’s book illustration. I have now decided to offer the original art from my picture books for sale.

When I was an art student I was interested in painting heroic murals. A complete reversal, a miniaturization of those visions, came to suit me better and it has served me well for many years.”

 

The Harvard Business School Club of NY at transFORM Gallery


On Wednesday, August 3rd, transFORM hosted an event for the Harvard Business School Club of New York. The HBSCNY has a rich and glorious history as one of the most vibrant alumni clubs anywhere in the world and we were very excited to welcome them to our showroom.

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“HBSCNY’s programs provide the opportunity for all alumni, at all ages and all career stages, who have graduated with a PhD, MBA or Executive Education Certificate from HBS, to work together around common passions and to add value to their lives and their community. The Club enables HBS alumni to participate and contribute in ways that balance personal and community interests, time availability and depth of commitment. New programs are created every year by groups of interested alumni to meet ever-evolving personal and community needs.”

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It was fun evening of networking and excellent conversation with the best business people as well as tasty wine and refreshments. We were thrilled to entertain the many visitors interested in our cabinetry as well as the artwork. Many guests were particularly fascinated with the work of our exhibiting artist, Jean-luc Mege who was also in attendance.

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“Jean-Luc Mege covers, illustrates and immortalizes scenes from around the world. He has a rare ability to tell a story through his photographs. The force of the narrative comes from a unique path: Jean-Luc’s eye is imbued with great empathy, an unprecedented tenderness and an innate sense of composition.” 

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After a short period of mingling, John O’Donnell (Co-Chairman, Art Experts Symposia) gathered the 75 guests in attendance for a little presentation. He began the talk by thanking transFORM for generously hosting their alumni event. After discussing the Harvard Business School Club in greater detail, he passed the mic over to Sarah Endline.

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Over the past couple of months, Sarah has brought many interesting groups into our showroom. As an active nonprofit board contributor to the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), the Billionaire Girls Club (BGC) and AIESEC Life, Sarah has many influential connections within the community — she is also married to our exhibiting artist, Jean-luc Mege!

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“Sarah received her MBA from the Harvard Business School and is now a social entrepreneur and self proclaimed ‘hippie capitalist.’ She grew up in a small farming township of 500 and somewhere along the way dreamed of building her own mission-based business. After years of contemplation, she founded sweetriot, a small mission-based company in NYC, which strives to build tasty little morsels in a different way for a different generation. Through Sarah’s travels, she stumbled upon cacao and knew she had to share it with others. The rioter team began testing it with their friends and learning that many did not know the true story of cacao. Discovered in the 1500’s, cacao is a magical, spiritual, and celebrated food from South America, Central America, West Africa, and Asia.”

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Guests happily snacked on Sweet Riots Cheeky Chia Seed and Crunchy Quirky Quinoa Dark Chocolate as they listen to Sarah’s presentation.

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Kara then got the chance to explain her innovative concept behind transFORM Gallery. Unlike the traditional art gallery format, where art is presented on blank white walls, our artwork is hung in home-like settings, making it easier for the client to visualize their own environments. The concept incorporates the fields of art and interior design into one location.

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Jean-luc spoke in detail about his first class, high end, premium composite acrylic glass photographs, which were on display for our summer art exhibit. He specifically focused on a piece entitled “First Date With… My Future Wife” stating that the photo was taken on April 1, 2009 just 15 minutes before meeting Sarah.

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His international works have repeatedly been selected as examples in press articles and exhibitions.

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A big thank you to Sarah, Jean-luc, John and Chloris Ji (Programming Events Manager) for organizing this wonderful event. At transFORM, we enjoy opening up our showroom to chambers, meet-ups and non-profit organizations as a way to network and build new relationships. It exposes our showroom and gives people the chance to see, touch and feel what we do.

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We’ll be looking forward to the next event with the Harvard Business School Club of New York!

Paula Barragan for “Rescue Me”


Mosca Mashpi

Mosca Mashpi

Adobe Illustrator Collage, Archival Print
44" x 38"

Desde el Canopi

Desde el Canopi

Adobe Illustrator Collage, Archival Print
43" x 51"

Jungla de Papel II

Jungla de Papel II

Adobe Illustrator Collage, Archival Print
43" x 51" (Artist Proof)
44" x 51" (Normal Size)

Geografía Marina

Geografía Marina

Adobe Illustrator Collage, Archival Print
Edition: 2/60
28" x 22"


 
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“My first studies were in design and illustration and this has influenced all my further work. Together with my artistic vision I have developed a creative process expressed in all my projects, my etchings, drawings, and paintings. I proceed in distinct ways according to the work I wish to present. When I begin a graphic design project I must communicate a certain message. On the contrary, when I start an etching, a drawing or painting I prefer to let my intuition work.

I find it difficult to explain the way I work some of my art projects but perhaps the strongest reason is the profound pleasure I experience during the process of discovering things. Even though sometimes this brings tension and stress.

I love creating with my hands and I put the same energy into all types of art with out making distinction between crafts and design, drawing, or printing. Above all I find deep satisfaction in good, new discoveries and working hard at all aspects of my work.

I work on very different themes. These give me space to tell various situations and stories of life. I have the possibility to express emotions; shyness, delight, misfortune; through forms and lines, color and light. I draw my ideas and the lives of people, animals and actions taking place in different spaces inside paintings, prints or drawings. I enjoy profoundly the process of doing my work.”
 

Alexander Rutsch for “Rescue Me”


Monkeys

Monkeys

Mixed Media
Solid Frame
28 x 34- Unframed

Monkey with Orange

Monkey with Orange

Mixed Media
Gold Frame
30 x 40- Unframed

Jungle

Jungle

Acrylic On Canvas
Black Frame
30 x 40- Unframed

Dog

Dog

Pastel
Antique Frame
20 x 24- Unframed

 Cats Green

Cats Green

Mixed Media
Metal Frame
22 x 28- Unframed

Purple Dog

Purple Dog

Mixed Media
Metal Frame
22 x 28- Unframed

Cats Orange

Cats Orange

Mixed Media
Metal Frame
18 x 24 - Unframed


 
AlexanderRutsh-LGheadshot-820x1093“My dreams are color and life. They soar in my head like millions of symphonies. I can never stop building dreams.” Alexander Rutsch was born in Russia in 1916 but raised in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. After studying voice in Austria he became and opera singer like his parents, but after WWI, Rutsch’s love for visual expression propelled him to change careers. He was a painter, sculptor, philosopher, musician, singer and poet.

He was an artist of the purest breed-an artist who had no choice but to paint. He was a chosen traveler of the depths of existence; a man who followed a longing to explore his inner self and relate his findings with the energy of the universe.

The celebrated Austrian artist approached painting and sculpting as he lived life- with the eyes of a child and the hand of a poet. Constantly in the quest for rhythms of form and vibrations of color, he caught the “sparks in the shadow” and evidenced their fullest reality and beauty in his creations. While he may have attributed certain artistic expressions to “coincidence”, his inspiration came from such diverse sources as: memories, dreams, sounds, numbers, telephone poles, and driftwood. Rutsch had an affinity to vibrant colors, strong contours and rich brush strokes, which are apparent in his oils, mixed media works and ink drawings.

His work is held in the collections of H.M Queen Fabiola of Belgium, Walter Cronkite of New York, Gala and Salvador Dali, Sammy Davis Jr, Jacqueline Kennedy- Onassis, Guy Laroche of Paris, Belgium’s Museum of Liège, Paris’s Musée d’Art Moderne, New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Baroness Alix de Rothschild of France.

Alexander Rutsch passed away in 1997. His friends, supporters and family established the bi-annual Alexander Rutsch Award and Exhibition competition for visual artist.  This program continues his belief that art transcends all of our humanity.