Atlantic Works Gallery is proud to present its upcoming exhibition, “Get Well Soon,” opening on Saturday, December 7 from 12 to 3 p.m. ET. Please join the artists, Krystle Vermes and Kristen Freitas, for light refreshments and artist talks.
The monthly “Third Thursday” celebration will be held on Thursday, December 19, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET. Join the artists and the Atlantic Works Gallery community to mingle and discuss the art.
“Get Well Soon” is an exploration into the state of mental health as it stands today, as well as what it’s like to live with mental illness, from the point of view of those who have experienced it first-hand. This exhibition takes a deep dive into how mental health is reflected in our culture and how it impacts our daily lives.
“My work is intentionally direct, intimate and sometimes uncomfortable,” says artist Kristen Freitas. “I tend to push boundaries and play with unconventional ideas and social norms; recently focusing on topics such as self-harm, suicide and body image and positivity. I want people to look at my work and open their minds to a new perspective and start a dialogue, with themselves and with the people around them.”
“As a C-PTSD survivor living with Dissociative Identity Disorder, it is a goal of mine to raise awareness of the prevalence of mental illness in our society today,” says artist Krystle Vermes. “I hope that through my work, I can shed light on what it means to live with a chronic illness and thrive in a world that is still full of stigma.”
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Krystle Vermes has been painting and drawing for more than 20 years. She enjoys working with acrylic and multimedia materials. Her work has been featured in publications including ArtAscent magazine, where she received the Distinguished Artist title. Explore her work at krystlevermes.com.
Printmaking, abstract painting and video are the vehicles in which Kristen Freitas shares her thoughts and ideas with her audience. In this show in particular, she is also revisiting her love of installation. Freitas believes that immersing and surrounding yourself in a body of work containing ideas and concepts that trigger your mind is an amazing feeling.
What happens when deserving mid-career artists decide that they want to hit the big time—the REALLY big time….as in the art world’s most prestigious biennial exhibits? For over a decade now the answer lies with the artist collaborative known as The Biennial Project. Formed by Eric Hess, Anna Salmeron and our friends, the “Project’s” objective is to develop a collective body of work that will ultimately be featured in as many biennial exhibitions as possible—especially the really cool ones.
Once again The Biennial Project is letting you in on a few of our latest endeavors in the form of a brand new show at Atlantic Works Gallery. We are calling it In Bed with The Biennial Project because so many fantastic artists from all over the world have been sweet enough, and well smart enough, to work with us, thereby getting ‘in bed with us’. We also derived the title from a piece we saw in Havana, Cuba by notorious artist and close friend Nonardo Perea entitled ‘In Bed with Nonardo’.
When you come visit the gallery you will be greeted by us actually in a real bed. Please join us in the sack. You can watch Teen Mom with us and even eat on the mattress with us.
Also at the show we will be having affordable botox by The Boston Beauty Nurse, Rachel Moloney RN, BSN who happens to be our cosmetic professional as well as that of a lot of other legendary artists. I mean you can’t find fame in the art world with out looking your very best. Your art work isn’t going sell itself!! Bring your checkbook (or Venmo app)!!
Acclaimed photographer Paul Weiner has agreed to do a limited number of artist portrait sessions using his seductive flashlight technique during the reception. We will have a stylist on call to help you into the most fabulous yellow attire supplied by us. The flashlight photos he took of us in Venice, during the opening week of The Venice Biennale, will be on display as well.
The Biennial Project will also be trumpeting snip bits of some of our performance art over the past few years which will include videos of the Biennial Project Marching through The Venice Biennale in out full yellow clad glory with a petition to demand our spot in the next Biennale and our windshield washing campaign we held to ‘welcome’ the ICA to our long time neighborhood of East Boston. We will also be displaying the work we did when we participated in The 00bienal de la habana in Havana Cuba last year.
These and more art will be on exhibition at Atlantic Works Gallery by The Biennial Project for a chunk of November. Come out to the reception for fun, botox, food, photography and to ride our coattails to fame and fortune in the art world or maybe the under worlds.