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METAMORPHOSIS: On Form and Experience

Using Metamorphosis as a metaphor for significant trasformation in one’s life that can be reflected by visual

Metamorphosis: On Form and Experience is a group exhibition focused on processes of transformation leading to renewed perspectives and rebirth of the self. The exhibition is curated by Dafna Rehavia and Taya Hanauer and presents original artworks in all mediums by 30 local, national and international artists at Percolate Gallery, opening reception September 29th, 6:00-10:00pm, running until November 30th

The exhibition creates a dialogue between different experiences of personal and environmental transformation. Intimate and autobiographical artworks relating to memory and the passing of time, illness and loss, gender and one’s body, are placed alongside artworks looking at changing urban landscapes, geopolitical space, and political impositions. The different themes merge into each other and reflect the extent to which emotional experiences relate to external circumstances and vice versa. Art serves as a connecting and transformative force underlying the artworks and brings the viewer into an experience extending beyond representation.

Public programing will take place during the exhibtion. Artists and public will be invited to Metamorphosis Story Telling Nights that will start with a performance

Featured artists include: Anna Dorota Radzimirska ,Catherine Drabkin , Derek Reess, Emily Zielinski, Geoffrey Gordon, Jean Davis, Kara Snyder, Leah Patgorski, Marieken Cochius , Mary Weidner, Max Emiliano Gonzales, Michel Demetria Tsouris, Mona Gazala , Noémie Jennifer, Nestor Daniel Perez Moliere, Oreen Cohen, Ori Galon, Parul Bouvart, Patti Menick, Patricia Barefoot, Rose Clancy, Sara Jacobs, Samantha Mack , Sophia Sobers, Suzanne Werder Tessa Moeller, Terry M. Boyd ,Tony Cavalline, Yelena Kukarenko and Yulia Ratman.

Percolate Gallery  and Aat Laboratory

317 S Trenton Ave. Wilkinsburg PA 15221

Hosting the exhibtion METAMORPHOSIS 

Curated by Dafna Rehavia  and Taya Hanauer

Dafna Rehavia is an active artist, art psychotherapist and a professional counselor. Rehavia exhibited her works nationally and internationally. Her PhD from Derby University UK. in Therapeutic arts, Psychology and Cultural studies deals with women’s issues. Her works were published in various journals. Her MA CAT is from Drexel university Philadelphia and BFA from Beit Berl State college Hamidrash, Israel. Rehavia shares her time between her office and studio and different projects and workshops she is involved with.

Taya Hanauer is a researcher, writer, and curator based in Amsterdam. She is a PhD student at the Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (Justus Liebig University of Giessen), her doctoral research examines the principles of contemporary art from a feminist perspective. Hanauer is a graduate of the Research Master’s in Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam (2012) and holds a BA in Art History and Gender studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2009) and studied Curating at The Kibbutzim State College, Tel-Aviv (2015). She has worked for various art institution in the United States, The Netherlands, and Israel.




"A transformation of the form or nature of a ‘thing’ or a person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means."

This show explores personal transformation as a result of a social and cultural experiences which may involve being dismissed, belittled, harmed, shifted into a different role, form or having a new sense of self. This call emerged from Kafka’s short story ‘Metamorphosis’: “One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that…he had been changed into a monstrous bug…”

This is a call for autobiographical artworks in all mediums, reflecting on experiences of personal transformation and radical change. Such experiences are provoked by moments and processes of irreversible alterations in one’s life, causing shifts in one’s perception of themselves and the world, and the way one interacts in their social environment. During such processes, the appearance, identity, and roles one embodies may come to foreground and occupy a central place in daily life. 

Please send the following information in a single PDF document

Page 1:      Your name, email address, phone number, website, contact information.
Page 2:      Motivation letter explaining your interest in participating and
                   your connection to the theme. (250 words max).
Page 3:      A list of submitted works with your name, title of artwork, 
                  medium, size, year, explanation/ story you would like to share. (keep it short)

Images:     Please submit 3 -5 images of your works (1200X1800 jpeg 300 dpi) under each
                  Image add a number (01_your name _ Image name_ medium)
Option:      You may add to your PDF doc. A portfolio 3-5 pages with the images you submitted as jpeg,  
                  on each page one image with the details above.
* If you wish to make new works for this exhibtion please mention it on your motivation letter and submit  a few of your current artworks. You will be contacted by the curated.
 *Once all submissions are received you will be contacted by email. You will get a detailed contract that  
  you will need to sign with Percolate Art Space Gallery including commission of 50% artist/ 50% gallery.
Please contact Dafna Rehavia if you need any help, Rehaviad@gmail.com  subject line; your name+ Name of exhibtion . Cell: 412 427 1219 only between 9:00pm-10:00pm

Your information, email, phone number
All documents should be emailed to Dafna Rehavia and Taya Hanauer.
Email Address; Rehaviad@gmail.com
Subject line: your name+ name of exhibtion
Deadline for this application is May 31, 2018. Midnight eastern time.
Any questions please call Dafna 412 427 1219  from 9:00-10:00pm or email to rehaviad@gmail.com subject line: your name + exhibtion name

Dafna Rehavia is an artist and art psychotherapist, living and working in Pittsburgh. She is interested in representations of phenomena interconnected to human condition: treating the body as a docile artifact, objectification of people and identity transformations.
Taya Hanauer is a writer, researcher and curator based in Amsterdam. She examines art historical materials and contemporary artworks as cultural objects and is interested in curatorial methodologies and strategies of bringing critique into the exhibition format.

 05/31/18 (Midnight)       -    All submissions due.

 06/17/18                        -   Notification of acceptance.


 06/19/18                        -   Artists will receive gallery contracts via email.

 TBD                               -   Artist/Curator Meeting

 09/21/18  -  Friday,       6:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Art Drop Off

 09/29/18 -  Saturday,  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm -  Reception at Percolate Gallery

12/02/18 -  Sunday,    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm - Art Pick Up

Percolate Art Space, Gallery and Laboratory
317 S. Trenton Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15221.  

Percolate is a community art space runs by Carolyn Pierotti owner and director of PRFA, is here    to serve the diverse community of Wilkinsburg and Pittsburgh, supporting the manifestation of creative expression.  Percolate is also proud to bring quality programming to the area through workshops and service that benefits the community.    

Purple Room Fine Art and Percolate Art Space & Gallery https://www.purplepierotti.com/percolate-art-space.html