Second Round of applause at Trans-Cen-Der

All images courtesy of the presenting artists

Trans-Cen-Der Art Group  hosted its second round of artists’ presentations at the  Temporary Storage Gallery space inside Brooklyn Fireproof. Led by Meer Musa, the presentations were engaging, and the overall atmosphere was supportive and friendly. Presenting artists: Mary DeVincentis HerzogSeth Ruggles HilerSusan Carr, Kurt Steger, Brent OwensDan RomerThomas Burr Dodd & Heidi King.
Co-hosts Tim Gowan and Sharilyn Neidhardt.
Trans-Cen-Der next event is on Tuesday, March 28th hosted by Tim Gowan.

Painter Mary DeVincentis Herzog employs in her imaginative paintings a deeply personal iconography to investigate the dilemmas and mysteries of existence. She is currently working on “Dark Matters”, a series of paintings exploring the shadow side of human experience and Sin Eaters, a series which depicts society’s saints, martyrs, scapegoats and outcasts.

 Mary DeVincentis Herzog, Spiral Safety Dance, oil on found wood, 12" x 19", 2016

Mary DeVincentis Herzog, Spiral Safety Dance, oil on found wood, 12″ x 19″, 2016

Kurt Steger’s sculpture series “Urban Structures” addresses the loss that cultures or communities experience from the destruction in this era of massive urban expansion. Steger uses this cycle of destruction as a literal foundation; each sculpture features a found piece of Bushwick concrete rubble as a base upon which he creates form-fitting abstract shapes, overall designed as a type of a sacred space that honors the memory of its foundation’s past. Although in most of the works, the structures contain an object or material, such as earth from Tibet, white sage, seeds, or notes composed as prayers, the overall  spiritual aspect remains largely open to interpretation. Steger says, “All of my work is designed to provoke contemplation about space, time, community, and man’s responsibilities to the environment. “

Kurt Steger, Urban Stupa #3
Kurt Steger, Urban Stupa #3

Susan Carr‘s favorite two words are “what if”, as they keep her practice fresh and push her ideas forward. This painter and mixed media artist is currently sculpting. She sees her three dimensional artworks as” deconstructed paintings”, since their nexus was the frame. Her playful and highly tactile sculptures include oil paint, wood, found objects, and clay. Susan is also making cartoonish drawings as a reaction to the ongoing political climate, as drawing consistently functions as the backbone of her practice.

Susan Carr, Indagadadavidapleideas
Susan Carr, Indagadadavidapleideas

Seth Ruggles Hiler is most influenced by the communities and geography of his surroundings, creating and recording connections to people and place through painting and drawing. Trained  at the New York Academy of Art, Hiler fuses a sensibility for classical painting with a contemporary take on color and composition. He says that he strives to go beyond creating likeness or surface description by expressing a momentary relationship to the subject or place, ultimately aiming to share an intimate exchange between artist, subject, viewer and community.

Seth Ruggles Hiler, Hanging in Ascension, oil on canvas 70 x 48 in

Brent Owens’ work, primarily sculptural and largely based in woodworking, fuses two disparate strains of Americana – workmanship and a thirst for novelty. Owen’s playful and seamless combination of materials, such as wood and neon for example, results in a particular strand of pop production that reads as both artificial and organic, altogether bordering on the surreal.

Brent Owens, Waving Through the Flames, 2014, wood, wire, acrylic lacquer, plug, 41″h x 20″w x 1.5″d

Dan Romer says he is fearless when he is doing his art. He is not looking to record what he sees, but rather what he feels; “life is not static, and neither is my work.” he says.

Dan Romer, Crispy Bacon, mixed media w/foil work on paper. 19" x 24"
Dan Romer, Crispy Bacon, mixed media w/foil work on paper. 19″ x 24″

Thomas Burr Dodd admits that he suffers from anxiety over his artistic abilities, yet has a very base desire to communicate this way. Sometimes at odds with this desire, Burr is also a businessman who prides himself on adding value to the world. He has developed an art-making process that allows him to leave behind the day-to-day stresses of business and embrace his creative side. He starts with a deep mindful meditation,  then draws blind while concentrating on an imagery based on deeply intimate experiences. He has benefited from being tapped into the incredible creative energies swirling around him, and is proud to be a part of the Bushwick creative community.

Thomas “Burr” Dodd , Down But Not Out, 2016, digital drawing.
Thomas “Burr” Dodd , Down But Not Out, 2016, digital drawing.

Trans-Cen-Der  Temporary Storage Gallery space inside Brooklyn Fireproof 119 Ingraham Street Brooklyn, NY 11237