by Ariston Anderson
Like many post-industrial cities in America, a loss of factory jobs in Braddock, Pennsylvania has led to urban flight. Calling themselves Transformazium, artists Erin Harrell, Dana Bishop-Root, Ruthie Stringer and Leslie Stem along with Swoon are intent upon setting up a shop in a city that needs it most. Their goal is to "use the creative process and locally identified resources to transform ideas into tangible social and economic benefits." By creating a community arts center, skill-building workshops, and public art projects, they're hoping to bring people back to Braddock.
To raise funds for their mission, the artists have launched a fundraiser art show, "Art Makes Eye Contact," this week in Brooklyn (see info below). Judging by the strength of the work collected, it's no secret they've got some artist friends in high places. The show includes pieces by Swoon, Kiki Smith, Barry McGee, the Maya Hayuk, Dave Ellis, Faile, Armsrock, Martha Cooper, Steve Powers and many more. Prices range from $10 to $4500 for prints, paintings, and sculptures. It's your chance to pick up an amazing piece of work at a low price, and benefit a very worthwhile cause.