CLUTTER and There’s no reason to think…
April 6 – 27, 2019

Melissa Shook has long been beset by clutter. Every time she turns around, she’s misplaced what she was working on Since she’s always involved with three to four projects at once, this is a clever tactic devised long ago to trick her unconscious into assuming that she’s not doing anything at all. Unfortunately, the ability to produce that much chaos extends to all aspects of her life, but that’s the way it goes.

In this exhibition, Clutter, she displays archival color prints taken of various areas in her apartment. On each, she’s written the names and sometimes the significance of the objects – piles of paper, cameras and cases, books, dozens of pens for writing on self-portraits, pill bottles, clothes and shoes, pots and pans, you name it. The underlying theme seems to be – “if you are almost eighty and haven’t been able to solve this problem with a lot of therapy, enjoy it.”


Walter Kopec

Walter Kopec has a lifelong love of language and is an inveterate collector of words, phrases, and sentences comprised completely of the letters of the alphabet that can be divided symmetrically (ie. A,B,C,D,E,H…).   There’s no reason to think… features conceptual works in which he breaks letters into parts and reassembles them to create new words and phrases.  The simple reorganization of letters can give a completely different meaning to expressions and concepts.  He invites the viewer to notice what’s left out of a message — or what’s implied. Through his word-based art, Kopec asks the viewer to think about the potential double meanings and innuendo conveyed through carefully parsed language, and to recognize that people often do not mean what they say —and, in fact, can sometimes mean the opposite.  In addition to his word-based art, Kopec will be showing recent abstract paintings and sculpture.

The AWG invites you to join them on Saturday, April 6th for the Opening Reception from 6-9pm

and/or East Boston’s Third Thursday Reception on Thursday, April 18th from 6-9pm at the Gallery. 

 Gallery Hours:  Fridays & Saturdays 2-6 PM or by appointment