Press Release: UNFIXED opening 1/15


Photo: Paul Shambroom
Poppy, 2014, pigmented inkjet print on paper
Courtesy of the artist

UNFIXED: The Fugitive Image at Transformer Station
Jan. 15 – April 3rd, 2016

Cleveland, Ohio— This winter Transformer Station presents UNFIXED: The Fugitive Image, an exhibition featuring 11 national and international artists who are exploring the ephemeral image in a wide variety of ways with and without cameras, in still images as well as video.

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Transformer Station in Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair Article

Steve Litt Reviews Crackle & Drag

Images of works from the T.R. Ericsson "Crackle and Drag" exhibition at the Transformer Station gallery in Ohio City.An installation shot of the T.R. Ericsson "Crackle & Drag" exhibition at the Transformer Station Gallery in Ohio City includes "Thanksgiving Day," the large polished black granite slab in the foreground, which is incised with a letter written by the artist's mother, Susan Ericsson, describing a calamitous family holiday gathering. Photo: Steven Litt

Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Harrowing is one word that describes artist T.R. Ericsson's current exhibition at the Transformer Station gallery in Ohio City; the word exquisite also fits.

Organized by photography curator Barbara Tannenbaum at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the show delves into the artist's 15-year exploration of the life and death of his mother, who committed suicide in 2003 at age 57 after struggling with depression, multiple sclerosis and alcoholism.
On view through Sunday, Aug. 23, the exhibition presents a compelling and portentous array of photographs, drawings, sculptures and installations, plus a 45-minute video. Read More...

Transformer Station in Better Homes and Gardens

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At home in Hingetown

North Water Partners profiles Transformer Station as part of their series on our Hingetown neighbors.


Hingetown Hygge is a Hit

Hingetown hygge celebrates community with a big hug to old man winter
Lynn Ischay, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Oh--Hingetown merchants and residents introduced the city to the Danish concept of hygge (pronounced HUY-gah) on Sunday, reminding everyone that comfort, community, friendship and warmth can be had anytime, even outside in the dead of winter.

Families, art-lovers and friends gathered in the parking lot of the Transformer Station for the first of three hygges, one every Sunday in February.

Graham Veysey, one of the organizers of the celebration, grabbed the microphone. "Introduce yourself to someone you don't know," he said. "There is plenty of beer, and we've got smores galore, so enjoy."

Veysey walked back over to a roaring bonfire, built right in the middle of the parking lot. "Part of this celebration is just to have an excuse to come out in winter, building community and neighborhood when people are generally hibernating," he said.

He said it was interesting to watch the night progress. "From about 5 until 6:30 it was all families," he said. "Lots of kids and their parents, building snowmen everywhere, roasting marshmallows. The family crowd dwindled, then the millennials showed up. Now, it's really all ages. The first hygge has been great."

Part of the draw was a great new show at Transformer Station. Some came for storytelling around the bonfire, music or extended hours for local businesses. The rest were just people carving out some happy time, meeting new friends and breaking out of the midwinter funk.

The next hygge is Sunday, February 15, 5-8pm

Best Galleries in Cleveland

Transformer Station listed at the top of the list by

Cleveland’s Best Art Galleries: Ten Cultural Venues in America’s Comeback City

Best known as the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio also boasts an unusually appealing array of art spaces to rival any other in the country. From old railway stations to medical facilities, and from occupied warehouses to revitalised museums, Cleveland’s art scene is booming.

Transformer Station


The historic Transformer Station was built in 1924 as a substation of the Cleveland Railway Company. A recent refurbishment of the building by Process Creative Studio preserves the classic brick structure while echoing its rectangular form with a contemporary, minimalist addition. The expanded space is the home of the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation, established as a platform for emerging and mid-career artists. The Bidwell Foundation has partnered with the Cleveland Museum of Art, offering the space to the museum for six months each year as a venue for significant new projects. In autumn 2013 the Cleveland Museum of Art made its Transformation Station debut with Unicorn. The exhibition presents the work of five contemporary artists engaged in explorations into the reconstruction of the past.

Read the whole list here


Transformer Station to debut Kasumi "Shockwaves" video described as a "kaleidoscopic nightmare tapestry of abuse and revenge"

By Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - The video artist known as Kasumi, a longtime teacher of video production at the Cleveland Institute of Art, is known for colorful, nerve-jangling works that rock the senses and electrify the eye.

Her latest production,"Shockwaves," will have its official museum debut Saturday at the Transformer Station gallery in Ohio City, 1460 West 29th St.

"It promises to be pretty intense," Transformer Station co-founder Fred Bidwell said in an email about the event.

Transformer Station is a collaboration among Bidwell and his wife, photographer Laura Bidwell, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Kasumi's 80-minute production will be screened in a continuous loop Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is free.
A reception for the artist will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Kasumi builds her videos like real-time collages by rummaging among thousands of public-domain snippets from vintage Hollywood films and other sources.
Her quick-cut montages create throbbing, vibrating loops of imagery that she combines with rhythmically intense and insistent scores that evoke high-tech dance music.

For "Shockwaves," Kasumi scavenged 25,000 public-domain film samples, plus Rotoscoped and live-action film clips, plus dance choreography, animation and what Transformer Station calls "stunning" sound design.

The result, the gallery says, is a "brilliant, darkly madcap, grotesque, beautiful and transcendent exploration of the nature of memory and our collective consciousness."

The gallery says that the video explores the traumatic childhood memories of a man who goes on "a hallucinogenic carnival ride of self-destruction and murder."
The protagonist travels through "a Möbius strip of alternate realities, shifting times and multiple dimensions. 'Shockwaves' weaves a kaleidoscopic nightmare tapestry of abuse and revenge."

The gallery quotes Kasumi as having said that her video "expresses what film until now has not been able to." It is "a genuinely new and original cinematic language that goes beyond images, entering intravenously into our visceral understanding."