CHANCE ENCOUNTERS
B. AMORE

and

HUMORASSOUS
WALTER KOPEC

May 3 – May 31, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4, 2-6 pm
Third Thursday Reception
and artists’ talk: May 16, 6-9 pm

Atlantic Works Gallery presents two side-by-side solo shows from two member artists who have been using images and text throughout the course of their careers, but in entirely different ways. Amore, a former academic who taught for many years at the MFA Museum School, uses text in a poetical form, both in streams and bits and pieces. Kopec, who worked as a graphic designer, in his words, “…explores language (semantics and wordplay) and graphic iconic imagery and offers laconic commentary (toeing the line between the comic and tragic) on the doleful and farcical wallow of our Humorassous.”

In Chance Encounters, Amore delivers the span of her work combining disparate materials into a sculpturally artistic whole. With her series, Stepping Stones, Amore starts with photographs of faces that she made over a span of many years in Boston, New York, Singapore, Paris, Japan, along with photographs from old history books.  “No one is famous.  Everyone is anonymous.  The panels were created during the Gulf War and made in protest against that war and in sympathy for the destruction of life,” Amore said. Her text address immigration, a political flashpoint that continues today, as people were displaced from their homeland during the Middle East war. “These panels seem very relevant to me today as the Israeli/Hamas war drags on,” Amore said. “Day after day, the death toll rises and more people are displaced.  The words that stream across the panels still ask the same eternal questions, ‘Where is home?’ ‘Are we so different if we lie buried next to each other?’”

Additionally, Amore is exhibiting work from her new series, Chance Encounters, from which her exhibition takes its name.  “Just as the faces of the Stepping Stones panels have found their way together by chance, all of the elements of the new series have also found their way through chance,” she explained. “I am constantly observing the sidewalks and streets where I walk and picking up the flotsam and jetsam of what has been discarded.  The old saying, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure” is true in my case, as all of these finds have made their way into a piece of art.”

Whereas Amore views events from a distance that gives the viewer room for contemplation, Kopec employs immediacy and starkness, like the pop of a string of firecrackers, leaving us in the end with an emotional, world-weary viewpoint. “How did it come to this? This place where much of the most “advanced” culture in the history of the world has seemingly become a society of muddle and murk?” Kopec asks. “Where many seem to crave the spotlight as stand-up comics, where answers to serious questions are lip-synched or sunk into sound bites, jargon, and jokey one-liners?”

Still, the artist, despite all odds, remains hopeful. Humor, no matter how dark, can act as a shield. “Constructed using concept-appropriate materials, my work explores language (semantics and wordplay) and graphic iconic imagery and offers laconic commentary (toeing the line between the comic and tragic) on the doleful and farcical wallow of our Humorassous,” he said. “While the individual pieces don’t suggest answers, the work references the frolic of contemporary “reality” and “reasoning,” commenting with a droll yet serious eye on issues from “Books Behaving Badly in Florida” to “When Evangelicals Speaketh…” and the “Lament” of a hopefully bluer sky ahead.”

Shown above: Walter Kopec, Glutton (left), B. Amore, Stepping Stones (detail, right)


CONTEMPORARY
DIALOGUES

work by Rick Dorff, John Greiner-Ferris, and Joan Ryan
March 2 – 30

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 2, 2-6 pm
Third Thursday Reception: March 21, 6-9 pm
Stations of the XX: Saturday, March 23, 3 pm

Atlantic Works Gallery’s March exhibition will be Contemporary Dialogues, a group show of three of the gallery’s newest members, Richard Dorff, John Greiner-Ferris, and Joan Ryan. The exhibition examines multiple forms of artistic dialogue, and opens Saturday, March 2 with a reception from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. and closes Saturday, March 30.  There will be an AWG traditional “Third Thursday”—the gallery’s friendly, cultural community get-togethers—on March 21.

Dorff is a visual artist and set designer who works in sculpture and installation, and in this exhibition his primary interest is with the space his work occupies and how that space and the objects themselves interact with one another. “By making these connections primarily through lighting and placement, objects and space create installations that extend beyond their own physical dimensions,” he explained.

On Saturday, March 23 at 3:00 p.m., in conjunction with Dorff’s work, Fort Point Theater Channel, where Dorff is co-artistic director, will present Stations of the XX , a work-in-progress performance piece using sound and movement.

Greiner-Ferris, a politically motivated visual artist who is informed by the theater, combines his love of images and words in assemblage. “You don’t lean back in a theater seat and say, ‘Entertain me.’ For the actors to do their jobs well, the audience has to be just as involved as the actors to give the actors something to respond to,” he said. “Nor do you walk into a gallery and just look at pictures on a wall. Pictures are something you engage with. The worst thing I could think that could happen to my art is if someone leaves the gallery and says, ‘Well, that was nice. Do you want to get some ice cream?’ I want people to discuss and fight about art.”

Ryan uses painting and drawing as a critical language to explore contemporary society, politics, and concepts of identity. In her most recent works, she incorporates a wide variety of images, cartoons, fairy tales, and political iconography combined with heightened color to confront the viewer at an intersection of a broad range of cultural moments. “This junction of imagery creates dynamic interplay and peculiar juxtaposition with the past and present,” she said. “We no longer live in a world of neat patterns , and my work imitates the way knowledge often comes to oneself, which is by fits and starts and indirection.”

December 15, 2023 – January 27, 2024
The Winter Show

Opening Reception: Thursday, 12/21, 6-9 pm, featuring music from Zumix 
Closing Reception: Thursday 1/18, 6-9 pm
Gallery Hours: every Friday and Saturday 2-6 pm
or by appointment: contact@atlanticworks.org

80 Border Street, East Boston, 02128

NOTE: Gallery will be closed December 29 and 30.

The Winter Show, featuring a wide selection of members’ work, will be opening Friday, December 15, and closing Saturday, January 27. The opening reception will be at the gallery on Thursday, December 21, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Most of the artwork will be for sale, in time for holiday gift-giving.

The gallery’s traditional “Third Thursday” receptions—friendly, cultural community get-togethers—will take place on December 21 and January 18, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The gallery is including live music and poetry reading to these two “Third Thursday” events.

East Boston musicians Brandon Anorga and Nora Janjar, members of the Zumix rock ensemble, Beware of Denise, will perform on the third Thursday in December—December 21.

On the third Thursday in January—January 18—gallery members B. Amore and John Greiner-Ferris will riff off each other in a poetry-reading duet called “A Baker’s Dozen.” Amore and Greiner-Ferris will read for a total of13 poems, improvising and building on each other’s written work. The poets will also provide pastries, hence the name, “A Baker’s Dozen.”

November 5–25, 2023
From Life: Drawings by Dan Hofstadter

Opening Reception: Sunday, 11/5, 2-5 pm
Third Thursday Reception: 11/16, 6-9 pm
For private viewing: DHworks5012@gmail.com

The urge to draw, every day if possible, is a compulsion common to many artists. I have drawn very regularly since childhood, doubtless as a way of maintaining some perceptual grip on the outside world. Though my painting is abstract, I have retained the habit of drawing from life. I try to achieve some sort of graphic, arguably “abstract,” image without forfeiting the observation of reality. Articulation – how things or their parts (human joints, tree branches, building elements, etc.) meet and act in concert tends to claim my attention.

Artist Statement by Dan Hofstadter

September 8 – 30, 2023

Tesserae: locus, tempus (part 2)

paintings by Dominick Takis and Diane Teubner

Opening Reception: September 10, 2-5 pm
Third Thursday Reception: September 21, 6-9 pm

Two painters continue their exploration of place and time in their work.

Dominick Takis interprets the land and texture of Sicily, and the ancestral feelings he experienced during a trip to his grandparents’ birthplaces in October 2022. Using paint, lichen, branches, caulking, and mixed-media tesserae, his work reflects his intense appreciation of the mosaics and art of all the peoples who marched through and settled Sicily.

Diane Teubner explores time as it is experienced rhythmically by the grid of color blocks and lines within and between her paintings. She attends to the felt and visual sense of interval and measure, which in turn, gives her a sense of being in place.

20 Years on the Edge

July 15 – August 26 2023

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 20, 6-9 pm
Closing Reception: Thursday, August 17, 6-9 pm

Atlantic Works Gallery is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an exhibition showcasing member artists throughout its twenty-year history. From its founding members to new members, our gallery represents artists from diverse backgrounds of art and culture.

The Atlantic Works Building on Border Street was built in 1893 and was used to build and repair naval ships. In the 1990s the building was gradually taken over by artists looking for affordable studio space. In 2003 the occupants of the building rented a top floor studio as a space for art and ideas, naming it Atlantic Works Gallery. This evolved into a cooperative gallery with member artists doing all the work of running a gallery, with new exhibitions each month.

In 2006 the building was purchased by the East Boston Community Development Corporation who gutted and rebuilt the old leaky, but colorful building providing the Atlantic Works Gallery with a larger and improved space. The EBCDC has now, in our twentieth year, built a sparkling new space for Atlantic Works Gallery on the ground floor. This old marine building is located on the edge of the Boston Harbor and has dramatic views of the Boston skyline.

The arts community is an integral part of the East Boston community as a whole and 20 Years on the Edge is a celebration of that relationship.

20 Years on the Edge will also celebrate AWG’s new ground floor gallery space in the Atlantic Works building at 80 Border Street. We would like to thank the EBCDC for creating this new space, as well as the East Boston Foundation for their continued support over the years, enabling our artists to continue to share their work with the community.

May 4-27

Opening Reception, Thursday, May 4, 6-9 pm
Third Thursday Reception, May 18, 6-9 pm

Eric Hess is taking the meaning of M’aidez as the literal translation of ‘help me’ tying it in with traditional European Mayday when humans salute the earth. 

Humans dancing around a maypole adorned in flower crowns might not have the impact that is needed now that our planet seems to be dying. Hess will explore through photography, video and objects how people celebrate and the consequences of human actions and demonstrate how nature usually wins in the end.

Ian Babylon has prepared a collection of works where both mortal and divine are asking for help, assistance, intercession, intervention. 

Using classical & contemporary visual elements Babylon recomposes collaged works into newly cast surrealist mythologies familiar yet novel for today and tomorrow to come.

April 8-29

Opening Reception, Saturday, April 8, 6-8 pm
Third Thursday Reception, April 20, 6-9 pm

We all have challenges to overcome, from getting to work to bringing food on the table to dealing with health or mental health issues. Artists often use their art as an outlet for their own challenges and a means of expressing not only their own soul but the human soul. In this exhibit, Kristen and Sandrine use colors and various artistic techniques to express their inner demons as well as hopes. They will let these fly away on the canvas or other supports to liberate their souls and attempt to create their own world of happiness.

Making Connections

a New Members Exhibition featuring the work of
B. Amore, Julie C Baer, Maryellen Cahill, and Beth Plakidas

February 4 – March 25

B. Amore creates multi-media wall assemblages incorporating found objects, text, photos on silk, stone, bronzed gloves. The focus of her current work honors the reality of our commonly shared humanity.

Julie C Baer’s paintings reflect close attention to the biota in her natural environment, wherever she is, and the seasonal trajectory of its life cycles: budding, blooming, pollinating, fruiting, seeding, dying, renewal. 

Maryellen Cahill incorporates textiles, fiber, and beads in her mixed media art. She takes inspiration from her travels around the globe and the beautiful cultures she has been exposed to.

Beth Plakidas uses collected and handmade objects to create intimate installations. Combining formal, conceptual, and chance elements, Beth’s work balances the absurd with the beautiful.

(clockwise from top left)
Beth Plakidas, Julie C Baer, Maryellen Cahill, and B. Amore

Group Show by
Atlantic Works artist members

January 14-28
Reception: Thursday, January 19, 6-9 pm
Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, 2-6 pm,
and by appointment

Join us for the last group show in our current space. Soon we will be moving to a new gallery on the ground floor!

curated by
Samantha Marder

December 3-30
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 3, 6-9 pm
Third Thursday Celebration: December 15, 6-9 pm
Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, 2-6 pm,
and by appointment

NOTE: December 3rd, the Gallery will be open from 6-9 pm
The Gallery will be closed on Saturday, December 24th 

Samantha Marder curates a show of work which reflects a broad interpretation of the neurodivergent creative process…art illustrating the outward manifestation of internal chaos, non-linear thinking, conflicted sensibilities, and unleashed absurdity.

Nov 3rd – Nov 23rd. Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5, 6-9 p.m. Closing Reception: Thursday, November 17, 6-9 p.m.

Conditions Altered

Dominick Takis and Bo Petran
March 4-April 23, 2022
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 17, 6-9PM
Closing Reception: Thursday, April 21, 6-9PM
Atlantic Works Gallery
80 Border Street, East Boston, MA 02128

Contact; contact@atlanticworks.org; 857-302-8363
Artists:  Dominick Takis: nicktakis@hotmail.com, Bo Petran: bopetran@comcast.net

Reviewer: B. Amore; amoreb@earthlink.net  917-748-3661

Dominick Takis and Bo Petran are two artists in love with materiality. Takis is a lover of nature, obsessed with the qualities of lichen, its texture, colors, and shapes. He makes use of actual lichen as well as creating lichen-like textures through means as varied as spray foam, caulking, screws, and paint. A sense of mystery abounds in the built-up layers, and they continually entice the viewer to look even deeper.

His knowledge of color relationships is a key. In the sometimes-dense thicket of the wall reliefs, bright elements catch the eye. Often, they are tesserae, small mosaic-like squares in primary colors of red, blue, or yellow, that glow out of the strata of lichen and branches, as in Altered #3 where they are like dots of blue sky around the central cloud of a bee’s nest. At other times, Byzantine or Renaissance faces will appear as if out of a fog of history, to surprise us with the contemporaneity of their gaze, reminding us that we may not be as distant as we think.

There is an iconic or shrine-like quality to the work which is quite arresting. They are three-dimensional palimpsests, each layer causing us to look beyond the surface of what lies before our eyes, discovering more loving touches, more surprises, more mystery created by this painter-sculptor who is clearly in love with nature, paint, history and a deeply rooted European sensibility.

Petran’s works, carefully chosen for major impact, are larger canvases that punctuate the white walls. The surfaces of the paintings are highly sculpted in acrylic medium. In  Untitled #3, the black and silver surface is roiling with energy. The rhythm of the motion over the entire canvas is a tour-de-force of painting, with the artist in skillful control.  Sensuous and full of motion, the surface looks like molten metal.

Untitled #2, in silver tones, is more lyrical. The patterned painting has a lighter touch and is enlivened by what looks like flecks of iridescent metallic powders. In Untitled #1, a field of flowers, is delicately configured. The petal-like shapes stretch before the eye, filling the landscape of the mind with a hopeful feeling.

The textures of Untitled #4 rise off the surface as if they might flutter up in a soft wind. Each one is carefully delineated, both contrasting and blending with the entire field. Two hanging sculpted forms, White Flower and Grey Flowers, animate the gallery space and dance with the branches of Takis’ energetic creations.

Conditions Altered is a reminder of the constant changes present in our lives, particularly during the pandemic, and brings attention to the inherent beauty that can be discovered by an adventurous eye. The sense of exploration and excitement of both artists is palpably present. The collection of works is a perfect blending of the transition from winter to spring and well worth the visit to the Atlantic Works Gallery, at the edge of Boston Harbor in East Boston.

TWENTY21
IAN BABYLON

and the Atlantic Works Gallerists

december 3 – january 8

exhibition reception: thursday, december 16, 6-9 p.m.

details/updates: ianbabylon.com

A Night In Venice with The Biennial Project

An Abundance of Caution: The Biennial Project

The latest antics of the phenomenally charismatic and widely feared artists of The Biennial Project, in which the space of Atlantic Works Gallery is reconceptualized as a dynamic workspace to pay homage to (and improve upon) iconography from global popular culture relating to The Biennial Project’s relentless examination of the quest for immortality and stardom within the art world.

Opening Reception/Photo Shoot: Saturday, November 6, from 6-9 pm.

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS

There are many ways to interpret what “environmental effects” can be. Most people see the environment as the natural world where all living beings live. In that context, “environmental effects” would refer, in our view, to any influence human would have on the natural world, either beneficial or detrimental. Another way to look at what “environmental effects” refers to is the surrounding or conditions that affects humans as they grow or as they live their life.

Sandrine Colson is looking at “environmental effects” as being the changes happening in our earth due to human influences. Her pieces are made up of a mix of flowing colors with textural effects using different acrylic pouring and mixed media techniques showing to us how nature (air, water, earth and fire) evolves as humans continues doing their thing, affecting their surrounding and the seasons in detrimental ways from the microscopic to the macroscopic. A lover of oceans, she constructed a message to all in her display “under the sea,” informing us how pollution and especially plastic affect us and the oceans.

The natural and built environment are our connection to the underlying reality of existence. Due to our actions, intentional or not, our physical environment is changing in ways that make our very existence, and those connections, problematic. Our collective lives are out of balance. In this show, George Shaw continues and complements Sandrine Colson’s explorations from a different perspective. George’s sculpture is a combination of wood panel, paint, glass, metal and found objects.

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 9, from 6-9 pm.

Third Thursday Celebration (Meet the Artists): October 21, from 6-9 pm.

PROCESS

September 4 – 25, 2021

PROCESS

Is it the journey or the outcome that draws you in?

For artist Kristen Freitas, it’s the journey — the process of creating that brings her joy and excitement. During the month of September, Kristen Freitas’s PROCESS explores just that through her fluid painting series and work from invited artists.

Exploring colors and textures have always been a part of Freitas’s work. Her current series dives deeper and explores her new love of fluid painting. The layering and mixing of colors create varying effects — all of which are created instantly during the painting process. Watching the colors and composition mysteriously unfold as the paint pours onto the surface makes the journey the most fascinating part for Freitas.

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 4, from 6-9 pm.

Third Thursday Celebration: Thursday, September 16, from 6-9 pm.

Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 2-6pm

For information or private appointment contact 857-302-8363 during gallery hours.

Friend Zoned

JULY 15 – AUGUST 21, 2021

FRIEND ZONED

A group show of work by Gallery members and our friends, featuring The Dead Mask Project, an international collection of photographs curated by member X Bonnie Woods.

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 15, from 6-9 pm.

Closing Reception: Thursday, August 19, from 6-9 pm.

Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 2-6pm

For information or private appointment contact 857-302-8363 during gallery hours.

Marjorie Kaye and

Christine Palamidessi

APRIL 3 – 30

Socially distanced Opening Reception April 3, 2-5 pm

It’s supposed to be a beautiful sunny afternoon in Boston and particularly lovely on the waterfront in East Boston. Guests can gather outside, socialize and schedule visit time in the gallery 8 people at a time. Artist Marjorie Kaye and Christine Palamidessi will be in the gallery to greet you, converse, answer questions.
(PS There’s parking)

Masks and social distancing required. Gallery will be monitored to limit visitors at any given time.

Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 2-6pm or by appointment, (857-302-8363)

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6, 4-7 pm
Third Thursday Reception: April 18, 6-9 pm

Atlantic Works Gallery presents In the Woods: Nature-Inspired Paintings and Drawings by Joan Ryan and Julie C Baer. The exhibition will run from April 5 through April 28, 2024. 

The impetus for Ryan’s work is what the Naturalists and Romantic Landscape painters referred to as Ruckenfigur, a figure placed in a sprawling landscape contemplating life’s quandaries. Ryan replaces the human figure in that sense with the discarded objects from Western culture, specifically the iconic and nostalgic television set. Ryan’s paintings contrast a lush, unabashedly beautiful “nature” to objects such as discarded TV monitors and computers “techno/trash.” On view in the exhibition is an installation of 300 5×7 small works called “Street Life”, a survey of discarded televisions  in one Boston neighborhood. Along with this installation are large mixed-media drawings that represent an entropic outlook on our propensity for consumption.

Julie C Baer’s work captures her close observation and sensory impressions of being in the natural world: the shifting light, variegated colors, constant movement, regular yet unique shapes, and visual patterns. Her paintings trace the seasonal unfolding of natural life cycles within local ecosystems. Baer works abstractly, yet botanically accurately, aiming to surprise viewers with unusual views and compositions, to induce them to look and look again, just as she has done. The artist is exquisitely aware that, though nature is our collective home, humans have caused irreparable habitat, resource, and species loss. Her work, thus, responds to ecologists’ call for native ecosystem rediscovery and restoration, and collectively embodies biodiversity. This work offers ongoing opportunities for discovery, inviting viewers to go outdoors and look around, to care for themselves and their own habitats. 

Shown above: Joan Ryan, Ruinlust (left), Julie C Baer, Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) in Fennel (Foeniculum valgare) (right)

LO IMMENSO… COTIDIANO. BODEGONES.
THE IMMENSE… DAILY. STILL LIFES.

work by Renato Viganego
February 3-24

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3, 6-9 pm
Third Thursday Reception: February 15, 6-9 pm

As part of Atlantic Works Gallery’s traditional new year’s focus on its newest members, Renato Viganego will have a solo show: Lo Inmenso…Cotidiano. Bodegones. The Immense…Daily. Still Lifes. Viganego will show work that revolves around the still life and human figure where the oil paint on the canvas plays an essential part of the piece. The show will open Saturday, February 3 and will run until Saturday, February 24. There will be an opening reception on February 3 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., and a “Third Thursday” reception at the gallery on February 15, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

“My inspiration comes from emotion,” says the Columbian-born artist. “From my emotion, the line is infinite, the drawing is my language and the drawing is a faithful response of emotion and nothing can be truer.”

Viganego’s compositions, painted in oil on linen, focus on everyday objects: jars, vases, vessels, dishes, cups, sugar bowls, milk pitchers, crystal plates. “For me it is important to always keep smaller details in context of the larger forms,” he said.

Screening begins at 7:00 pm (screen time, 1 hr. 5 min.)
Ten minute introduction by Mitchel Ahern
Q & A post screening
Costumes encouraged
Light refreshments served

For its October exhibition, the Atlantic Works Gallery (AWG), a collaborative of contemporary artists located in East Boston now in its 21st year, is inviting the public to a special cultural event: The screening of a remake of the campy, American filmmaker Ed Wood’s iconic 1957 cult science fiction/horror film, Plan 9 From Outer Space with an introduction and Q&A with the filmmaker.

In May of 2014, Atlantic Works Gallery artist Mitchel Ahern was scheduled to exhibit a solo showing of his artwork in the gallery. Rather than hang a traditional gallery exhibition, Ahern enlisted artist members to build sets in the gallery, and casting gallery members and friends, he lovingly reshot Edward Wood’s cult masterwork

In the original film, space aliens seek to stop humanity from destroying itself by implementing Plan 9, calling for the resurrection of the dead. Plan 9 From Outer Space attained cult fame when it was dubbed “the worst film ever made” and “cinema so bad it’s good.”

But Ahern disagrees. “I think it’s one of the greatest films of all times, and I mean that unironically,” said the Boston-based visual and performing artist. “I think Wood’s filmmaking is extremely direct, improvisational, and flows out of a community. The dialogue is pure poetry.”

Nine years after its completion, Ahern’s remake is having its world premiere at the Atlantic Works Gallery. Ahern’s film serves not just as a tribute to Wood’s original film, it documents the 2014 Atlantic Works gallery, its members, visitors, and especially the East Boston neighborhood where much of it was filmed.