Washington, DC

Based in Washington, DC, Transformer is an artist-centered 501 (c) 3 non-profit visual arts organization that connects and promotes emerging artists & emerging arts leaders within local, national and international contexts. Our mission is to provide a consistent, supportive, and professional platform for these artists and arts leaders to explore and present experimental artistic concepts, build audiences for their work, and advance their careers.

Transformer achieves our mission through the development and presentation of innovative exhibitions and educational programs that increase dialogue, understanding, and audiences for contemporary visual art. Our programs and services are designed to help artists grow their audience and patronage while educating them about opportunities for sustainability. Through extensive partnerships with artists, curators, and a diverse range of cultural institutions, Transformer serves as a catalyst and advocate for emergent expression in the visual arts.

Transformer works to strengthen community by supporting emerging artists in their development, and engaging audiences in new and best practices in contemporary visual art.

~Currently at Transformer~

Transformer proudly presents Queer Threads: CURIOUS SPACES – an exhibition collaboration exploring how artists are remixing fiber and textile traditions to explore contemporary LGBTQ+ identities and ideas.

Zoe Schlacter: Darn
September 26 – November 14, 2020
Transformer  – 1404 P Street NW

Visible like a diorama through Transformer’s storefront window, Zoe Schlacter invites us into an exuberant, stylized, textured world. In this site-specific installation, the Brooklyn-based, Nashville-raised artist embraces everyday craft materials, reimagines traditional textile mechanisms, and celebrates the queer, creative impulse. Yarns extend from hand-made, wall-mounted, loom sculptures as paper mâché sculptures and fabric paintings dart across the floor. Referencing the playfulness of Memphis design and plasticity of objects of art and pleasure, Schlacter employs the sharpness of graphic design to wink at the perception of sexually graphic content. Through negative and positive space, they explore ideas of (w)holeness, visibility, and mending. Trans/forming the gallery by deconstructing the language of weaving, Schlacter embraces the potentiality of queer identity, style, and connection through fiber, form, and space.