Transformer Presents FlatFile Summer Socials

By Editorial Team on July 16, 2014
Photo courtesy of Transformer.
Photo courtesy of Transformer.


Opening Reception: Every Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm


Beginning Wednesday, July 9, Transformer launches a five-week series of Summer Socials – mini exhibitions of new work from our dynamic FlatFile program with FlatFile artist-led creative workshops, talks, artistic actions and more.

Launched in spring 2007, Transformer’s FlatFile is an evolving collection of works in a variety of two-dimensional mediums including collage, photography, painting, drawing, hand silkscreens and prints approximately 16×20″ in size and smaller. Featuring more than 200 works by DC, national, and internationally based emerging artists, FlatFile works have been presented in art fairs, as well as national and international exhibitions.

Participating FlatFile artists include:

  • Eames Armstrong
  • Max Basch
  • Carolyn Becker
  • April Behnke
  • Joan Belmar
  • Erin Boland
  • Amy Hughes Braden
  • Reuben Breslar
  • Alan Brown
  • Tabitha Brown
  • Amanda Burnham
  • Mei Mei Chang
  • Natalie Cheung
  • Bradley Chriss
  • Cynthia Connolly
  • Adam Griffiths
  • Benjamin Edmiston
  • John Edmonds
  • Stephen Gibson
  • Elizabeth Graeber
  • Allison Long Hardy
  • Matt Hollis
  • E. Jane
  • Mariah Anne Johnson
  • Becca Kallem
  • Victor Koroma
  • Andrew Kozlowski
  • Nilay Lawson
  • Joanne V. Lee
  • Katherine Mann
  • Maki Maruyama
  • Lisa McCarty
  • Megan Mueller
  • Ziad Nagy
  • Nikki Painter
  • Ding Ren
  • Lauren Rice
  • Jamison Sarteschi
  • Bonner Sale
  • Cheyenne Seeley
  • Zach Storm
  • Tang
  • Jessika Dené Tarr
  • Michael Terzano
  • Lisa Marie Thalhammer
  • Christine Buckton Tillman
  • Underdog
  • Jenny Walton
  • Jacob Yeager

New selections of work from the FlatFile will be presented weekly through the following schedule of mini-exhibitions, with opening receptions each Wednesday evening, 6-8pm:

  • Wednesday, July 16 – Saturday, July 19
  • Wednesday, July 23 – Saturday, July 26
  • Wednesday, July 30 – Saturday, August 2
  • Wednesday, August 6 – Saturday, August 9

Event Schedule:

Wednesday, July 16, 6-8pm: Opening Reception: Whine with Amy
FlatFile artist Amy Hughes Braden launches a week-long residency at Transformer with an informal talk about her work.

Wednesday, July 16 – Saturday, July 19, noon – 6pm: showing work (Made in TransformerTM)
Interested in exploring the literal interpretation of ‘supporting artists’ and ‘showing work’, FlatFile artist Amy Hughes Braden will create collages and drawings in Transformer throughout the week, turning the space into a temporary studio. The public is invited to interact and create with her throughout the week.

Friday, July 18 – Sunday, July 20: Baltimore Alternative Art Fair, 1714 Charles Street Transformer will feature selections from the FlatFile at the Baltimore Alternative Art Fair alongside 15 other non-profit art spaces from throughout the country.

Wednesday, July 23, 2 – 8pm: Performance on Paper with Eames Armstrong
6-8pm: Opening Reception FlatFile artist Eames Armstrong will lead a drop-in workshop and discussion on drawing as a practice for developing or documenting performance. Activities and discussion will investigate the relation, the transit and translation of two forms of visual languages through gesture, memory, line, and movement. Some materials provided, participants are encouraged to bring their preferred media.

Saturday, July 26, 1- 4pm: Face It
FlatFile artist Elizabeth Graeber will draw portraits of exhibit.

Wednesday, August 6, 2 – 8pm: Sorting Stimuli (Orderly Flora) with Matt Hollis
6 – 8pm: Opening Reception FlatFile artist Matt Hollis will activate Transformer’s storefront with a temporary installation of the amassed materials (faux flowers, AstroTurf) and inspirations (living plants, sensuous fabrics) that come together in the creation of his nature-inspired sculptures and collage works. Audience participation is encouraged.

Saturday, August 9, 1- 4pm: Potluck Picnic with Cynthia Connolly
Summer Socials closes with a celebratory potluck picnic and artist talk with FlatFile artist Cynthia Connolly.

Transformer is located at 1404 P Street, NW. For more information visit