A photograph “takes the world and makes it into something else,” says Aaron Rothman, whose interest lies in transformative rather than documentary photography. This exhibition surveys 10 years of Rothman’s studies of the landscape of the American West, a region with which he has a deep and long-standing personal relationship. Don’t expect majestic, distant vistas of desert moonrises or sheer rock faces. Rothman instead looks up at the sky and down at scrubland, humbler rocks, and foliage. Through analog and […]
* The exhibition’s dates have been postponed due to the museum’s temporary closure. New dates will be posted as we know more. Laura Owens (b. 1970) is known for her ranging and experimental approach to the medium of painting. Her work embraces a breadth of sources from the avant-garde to the popular to the decorative. Owens grew up close to Cleveland in Norwalk, Ohio, and as a teenager spent many hours studying the Cleveland Museum of Art’s encyclopedic collections. Having […]
The title of this exhibition refers to the 1954 science fiction film THEM! and celebrates the notion of the rebellious and experimental nature of the artist. It is also an admiring nod to the 1968 Japanese science fiction film Destroy All Monsters which lent its name to the 1973 Detroit anti-rock band formed by artists Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw. It embraces a time, both past and present, that recognizes artists who are equally passionate about sound and image. This […]
Transformer Station was pleased to present the first solo museum show of UK artist Esther Teichmann. This multi-media exhibition blends photography, painting, found objects, video and music into an immersive environment. Heavy the Sea takes us into an alternate orphic world, moving from beds to swamps and caves, from mother to lover, in search of a primordial return. Here, the photographic is loosened from its referent, slipping in and out of darkness, cloaked in dripping inks, bathed in subtle hues, […]
“A parking violation is the act of parking a motor vehicle in a restricted place or for parking in an unauthorized manner.” (Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) Prohaska’s work often uses found materials re-purposed with transgressive humor. This sculptural installation overturns our notions of sculpture and demonstrates the power of art to question our assumptions about the urban landscape and public space. This work was commissioned by Transformer Station and conceived and installed by the artist during a three-month residency […]
Throughout his career, conceptual artist Dan Graham has analyzed and dissected ideas of performance, vision, production, and structure, among other topics. Organized in collaboration with the artist, this exhibition revolved around Graham’s interest and involvement with rock ‘n’ roll, with which Cleveland has a long and notorious history. Featuring his well-known video Rock My Religion as well as a recent example of his large-scale pavilions, Dan Graham/Rocks will highlight the intersection of rock music and suburban domesticity within his groundbreaking […]
The Los Angeles-based painter’s first solo museum exhibition opened at the Transformer Station, featuring paintings made from 2011–2016. Pestoni’s bold work is comprised of many layers, revealing how and why each brushstroke was made. Ranging from intimate to monumental scale, Pestoni’s paintings were be joined by works on paper and a suite of watercolors making their exhibition debut.