Save the date! May 23, 2013

Cocktails and dinner with Todd Hido to celebrate the opening of Excerpts from Silver Meadows at the Transformer Station
Reserve your place at an exclusive preview of the first museum show of the latest work of internationally renowned photographer Todd Hido and the launch of his lavish new monograph.  Excerpts from Silver Meadows is cinematic in scope; a darkly dramatic glimpse into a world that reflects both the alienation and dislocation in contemporary society and the inspiration of noir film and literature.  

Todd Hido will be signing his new catalog published by Nazraeli Press on the occasion of this show with major support by the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation.

This event will benefit the Transformer Station's mission to remain free to the public and inspire creativity and innovation through the arts. Tickets to the event will be $175 and $250 per person and guests will become charter members of the Transformer Station's membership program.

Tickets at the $175 level will include cocktails and dinner and basic membership at the "Sparks" level to support the Transformer Station.
Tickets at the $250 level will include cocktails and dinner and membership at the "Generators" level to support the Transformer Station.  
Reserve your place now at this exclusive opening event by sending an email to or call 216-938-5429.  

ARTExpo 2013 at Transformer Station

The Northern Ohio Art Dealers Association will hold its ARTExpo 2013 the weekend of May 10, 11 and 12 at the Transformer Station, 1460 West 29th St., Cleveland.

Ten of Ohio’s foremost art dealers* will exhibit some of the best works from their galleries, including a cross section of historic, regional, international, modern and contemporary, paintings, drawings, original prints, photography, fiber art and sculpture. All works will be available for purchase and will appeal to a broad range of tastes from established collectors to those purchasing a work of art for the first time.

All of the participating galleries and dealers have placed art with major museums, private and corporate collections and most offer extensive knowledge of all aspects of collecting art and including conservation, framing, appraisals and installation for both private and corporate clients.

ARTExpo 2013 offers a unique opportunity for patrons to view, consider and purchase fine works of art from among Ohio’s most respected dealers. This is the only expo of its kind in the region and the only place where such a diversified offering can be found all in one place at one time.

Asked about the choice of the Transformer Station as the venue for NOADA ARTExpo 2013, Bill Tregoning, Expo 2013 Chairman and owner of Tregoning & Company responded, "The choice was an easy one. It is the newest and perhaps the most intriguing fine arts venue in Northern Ohio. It will provide both our exhibitors and patrons unique opportunities to view, consider and purchase works of fine art from some of the nation's most reputable dealers, located in Northern Ohio. I think our patrons will be delighted with the quality, value and diversity of the artworks that will be presented here."

ARTExpo 2013 will open with a gala preview party on Friday, May 10 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served as patrons view and have the first opportunity to purchase artworks exhibited by Ohio’s finest art dealers. The Expo will continue on Saturday, May 11 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday, May 12 from Noon to 5:00 PM.

Tickets for the Gala Preview are $50 per person and admission to the ARTExpo 2013 for the Saturday and Sunday hours are $10 per person. Advance tickets will be available from all of the participating dealers, and at the door.

*As of this date, the participating dealers are 1point 618 Gallery, Bonfoey Gallery, William Busta Gallery, Thomas French Fine Art, Harris Stanton Gallery, Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery, Shaheen Modern & Contemporary Art, Carl Solway Gallery, Tregoning & Company, and Verne Gallery.

For additional information, please contact Steve Louzos, NOADA Director of Advertising and Communications

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“Light of Day” is featured by in “Critics Picks” a select review of shows worldwide. The review is written by Kris Paulsen, Assistant Professor of Film, Video and New Media in the History of Art Department and Film Studies Program at The Ohio State University.

“Light of Day”
TRANSFORMER STATION 1460 West 29 Street February 1–May 4
Hiroshi Sugimoto, Lightning Fields, 128, 2009, gelatin silver print, 58 3/4 x 47”.
“Light of Day” offers the first presentation of Transformer Station founders Fred and Laura Bidwell’s photography collection and also marks the debut of this new space for contemporary art. The show’s title, however, points beyond these ceremonial unveilings to a meditation on the role of analog photography (“the pencil of nature”) in the digital age. While the former automatically and objectively allowed the sun’s light to draw an image of the empirical world, digital technology now allows man and machine to overwrite what nature dictates. Analog photography may have been pushed into the shadows, but “Light of Day” shows it coming back into view under the guise of the supernatural, the surreal, and the psychedelic.
Examples of post-photographic, sunless artifice—such as
Hans Op de Beeck’s detail-less images of architectural simulacra and Beate Gütschow’s cut-and-paste pastoral landscapes—highlight the presence of both the artist and the machine in the new era of photography. Yet despite the presence of new techniques and technology in “Light of Day,” it is analog photography that emerges as uncanny and unfamiliar. Take, for instance, Abelardo Morell’s Camera Obscura Image of the Philadelphia Museum of Art East Entrance in Gallery with a de Chirico Painting, 2005, which employs a basic scientific principle behind photographic realism—that a pinhole of sunlight will project an upside-down image into a dark space—and renders it surreal: The facade of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is here inverted and overlaid upon de Chirico’s The Soothsayer’s Recompense, 1913, exposing analog photography as more dreamlike than any digital simulation.
Analog photography can be electrified without going digital:
Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Lightning Fields, 128, 2009, captures with fine detail an image of light itself: In the pitch blackness of a dark room, he applied a bolt of electricity directly to a sheet of film to record the branching structure of unharnessed energy. The digital and analog photographs in “Light of Day” picture the struggles and collaborations between humanity, nature, and machine, a drama well suited for this former electrical substation turned crucible of contemporary art.
Kris Paulsen