The Relationship Show at DC’s Transformer Gallery

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Solomon Sanchez���s “Submarine” Photo by Lucy Lightning

The Relationship Show at the Transformer Gallery houses a money-filled safe, a submarine in a sea of weave, a colorful party painting, and a large phallus mounted on the white walls. The show examines the relationships between the individual and society, others, and self through a multimedia exhibit showcasing three local artists; Nilay Lawson, Breck Brunson, and Solomon Sanchez. Brunson���s altered version of Heatwave���s R&B classic “Always and Forever” provides the soundtrack to the exhibition, slowed down one thousand times so the six-minute song lasts an hour, seemingly, but certainly not forever.

���It���s a conceptual show rather than just art for sale,��� said Lawson at the crowded Saturday, January 28 opening reception. The exhibit gives a sample of the works of the three emerging artists, each of whom brings their own style and comments on relationships. Lawson���s Spite Night is the sole painting in the gallery, a colorful piece depicting a bird���s eye view of a party where each character is spiting someone else at the gathering. Lawson describes that the drinkers are spiting their livers, the smokers are spiting their lungs, the man locked in his quiet room masturbating is spiting the party, and several other characters���some based on people she knows���are spiting each other. The painting is somewhat cartoonish with blocks of color, little use of shading for perspective, and detailed renderings of the people and the floors and walls of the house. Continue reading →