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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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‘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.

 

Catherine Latson


Tapioca Bride

Tapioca Bride

Tapioca Root, Goose Nagoire Feathers,
Coque Tail Feathers, Peacock Swordtail
Feathers, Vintage Fabric and Lace Remnants
5' H x 4' - Hem Diameter
$9,750

Sea Urchin Tutu

Sea Urchin Tutu

Sea Urchin Shells (collected on the coast of Maine), Deconstructed Bodice, Tulle, Wood, Veneer, Whale Bone, Antique Tatting Threads, Cotton Batting
24" x 34" x 24"
$7,200
(installed with stand)

Dancing with Death

Dancing with Death

Pheasant, Goose & Duck Feathers, Ribbon, Wire
56" H
$9,750

Magnolia Tie

Magnolia Tie

Preserved Magnolia Leaves, Coque & Biot Feathers
17" x 4" x 2"
Plexi Box Frame : 23" x 11" x 3"
$2,000

the LITTLEs: goin'COMMANDO

the LITTLEs: goin'COMMANDO

Tapioca Root, Thread, Wooden Skewers, Broken Toggles
5" x 4"
SOLD

the LITTLEs: MOTHeaten

the LITTLEs: MOTHeaten

Pine Fern, Kimono Fragments, Thread
7" x 6"
SOLD

the LITTLEs: theTINIEST

the LITTLEs: theTINIEST

Muslin Remnant, Vintage Silk, Paper Cord, Thread
5" x 3"
$125 (unframed)

the LITTLEs:aWHOOPIN' and aHOLLERIN'

the LITTLEs:aWHOOPIN' and aHOLLERIN'

Canvas Remnant, Thread
5" x 3"
$125 (unframed)

the LITTLEs: yerSLIPisSHOWIN'

the LITTLEs: yerSLIPisSHOWIN'

Corset Remnants, Thread, Paper Moire, Piano Hammers
10" x 4"
SOLD

the LITTLEs: SHINYshoes

the LITTLEs: SHINYshoes

Used Stick Matches, Toggles, Wooden Skewers, Tulle
7" x 4"
$150 (unframed)

the LITTLEs: FUZZYslippers

the LITTLEs: FUZZYslippers

Victorian Corset Remnants, Rabbit Fur, Piano Hammers
10" x 4"
SOLD

the LITTLEs: GROOVYpants

the LITTLEs: GROOVYpants

Peacock Feather Bits, Corset Fragments, Piano Hammers
11" x 6"
SOLD

the LITTLEs: BOBBYsocks

the LITTLEs: BOBBYsocks

Wheat, Bear Grass, Piano Hammers, Frabric, Thread
10" x 5"
SOLD

Tweed

Tweed

Preserved Pine Fern, Hemp, Thread, Silk Cord, Antique Hat Netting, Fabric Remnants
25" x 15" x 3"
(Plexi Box Frame:34 x 24 x 4
$4,900

 Featherhead

Featherhead

Goose Feathers, Seaweed, Raffia, Bamboo Umbrella Parts, Silk Cord, Seed Pods, Antique Hat Netting, Nails, Threads
30" x 28" x 3"
(Oak Box Frame: 37 x 33 x 4
SOLD

Peacock

Peacock

Peacock Feather Tips, Paper Moire,Magnolia Skeleton Leaves, Paper, Antique Upholstery Fabric
14" x 33" x 6"
(Plexi Box Frame: 39 x 20 x 7
$4,900

Hoop Chandelier #2

Hoop Chandelier #2

Bittersweet Vine, Recycled Wine Barrel Hoop, Basket Reed, Wrought Iron Hardware
42" W x 22" D
$1,900

Lodge Sconce

Lodge Sconce

Bittersweet Vine
65" x 24" x 16"
$3,400

Sister Vine

Sister Vine

Bittersweet Vine
42" x 16" x 11"
$1,250
(installed with preserved greens)

Improbable Umbrella

Improbable Umbrella

Grapevine, Bittersweet Vine, Recycled Bamboo, Umbrella Frame
38" Diameter
$700

 

Catherine Latson Fine Art Documentation

“The building blocks of the natural world are endlessly interesting. No ocean or forest is bereft of ideas. I am drawn to organic “stuff” and spend my time gathering, dismantling, reassembling, and innovating with the things I find. Whether it is the grace of a vine’s curve, the architecture of a conch shell, the brocade surface of a sea urchin, or the cascading nature of amaranths, the intrinsic properties of my medium take the creative lead. I reach for the asymmetrical, the imperfect, the corroded, and decomposed. Those are the makings of good stories. My work does not preach. Nature is the text and a full-fledged collaborator.

The 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 reimagined in tapioca root, magnolia leaves, moss, birch, sea urchin shells, amaranths, hydrangea petals, 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 its head by offering whimsical and improbable reinventions of the packages we put ourselves in.”