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)

AUGUST 28 – OCTOBER 20
EDGE – X BONNIE WOODS
WHAT TO MAKE OF ALL OF THIS? – WALTER KOPEC

Opening Reception: Sunday, August 28, 3-5 p.m.
Third Thursday Receptions, September 15 and October 20, 6-9 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, 2-6 p.m.,
and by appointment (tel/text 857-335-3100)

X Bonnie Woods is showing new works on folded paper in a Boston solo exhibition entitled EDGE.  Irregularly shaped paper constructions are marked by Sumi ink, reaching across walls and ceilings. The map-like images offer a geography of puzzle parts and emphasize the essence of each painting’s edge. Originating from the artist’s aerial sketches of islands, landforms, and snowforms, these works were completed in Boston and Berlin, Germany, between 2020 and the present. The artist works and resides in both cities.

What to make of all of this? It’s an open-ended question, with few, if any, concrete answers.

With a strong conceptual, graphic sensibility, Walter Kopec’s work, through minimal, appropriate materials and economical gesture, uses strategies of puzzle-making and linguistic tricks to create visual/verbal connections, each component fortifying, reflecting or complementing the other.

Using wordplay and idiomatic expressions, irony and humor as a springboard to invite immediate recognition and general accessibility, each “visual poem” challenges the viewer to consider a more layered and nuanced response, asking for consideration beyond the obvious and how carefully parsed language, leads to doublespeak, irony and innuendo, and in the worst case… hypocrisy. http://www.walterkopec.com

July 21 – August 20
STILL FRIENDS

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 21, 6-9 p.m.
Closing Reception: Thursday, August 18, 6-9 p.m.

Join us for our annual summer blockbuster Friends show celebrating the art of 34 friends, old and new. 2022 is a blockbuster!

B Amore, Ian Babylon, Joe Caruso, Luke Bruffee, Lyn Cardinal, Sandrine Colson, Susan Deitrich, Philip Gerstein, John Kennard, Rick Dorff, Leigh Hall, Nan Hockenbury, Sandra Joneck-Schiff, Walter Kopec, Charlene Liska, Samantha Marder, Diane Modica, Marsha Odabashian, Bo Petran, Beth Plakidas, Brian Reardon, Dinah Ribarsky, David Riley, Joan Ryan, Anna Salmeron, Melissa Shook, Kelly Slater, Dominick Takis, Wallasauce, Eric Wallen, Paul Weiner, John Wilkerson, Dietmar Winkler, X Bonnie Woods

May 15 – June 25
Two Exhibits by Carmen Sasso:
“Connect the Dots” and “Fifty in Five”

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 5, 6-9 p.m.
Third Thursdays with Artist Talk: May 19 & June 16, 6-9 p.m.

Connect the Dots: Is a literal translation of orbs that co-join each other on a flat surface to create an image.  In adult discourse the phrase “connect the dots” can be used as a metaphor to illustrate an ability, or inability to associate one idea with another, to find the big picture or salient feature in a mass of data. Other times an orb is a sharks eye that connects to a swimming spot that floats on the sea, or artists who inspire each other over the centuries.

Fifty in Five: Is a portfolio collection of fifty paintings and drawings done with acrylic, pastel, and charcoal completed in five days while residing for one week at a Dune Shack in Truro MA., off Race Point on Cape Cod.

CONDITIONS ALTERED
March 4 – April 23

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 17, 6-9 p.m.
Closing Reception: Thursday, April 21, 6-9 p.m.

Dominick Takis and Bo Petran, focusing on medium and materials on canvas, explore a sense of where nature goes in an environment changed by human activity, suggesting something that lies beyond, always in the process of becoming.

NEW WORK

Group Show by Member Artists
January 28 – February 19

Exhibition Reception: Thursday, February 17, 6-9 p.m.

We wanted to share a little sample of some of the FABULOUS art continues to be submitted for this year’s Biennial Project Biennial to be presented on our website and via video projection at the Venice Biennial 2022 Opening week!

ENTER YOUR WORK HERE:

Feast your eyes on a selection of this beautiful work:

Harden_Al_1_539_6___Lorraine_Motel
Harden_Al_6_539_6___No_Justice_No_Peace
Harden_Al_3_539_6___Seat_at_the_Table

Lorraine Motel, No Justice No Peace, and Seat at the Table, by Al Harden

Novakov_Anna_1_2727_6___Eternal_Frost
Novakov_Anna_3_2727_6___Scents_for_Forgotten_Countries

Eternal frost and Scents for Forgotten Countries, by Anna Novakov

Wold_Eileen_2_2736_6___Arctic_Pending__Surrender
Wold_Eileen_3_2736_6___Arctic_Pending__Arctic_Thaw

Arctic Pending: Surrender and Arctic Pending: Arctic Thaw, by Eileen Wold

Herber_Artemis_1_156_6___Gaia_Rise
Herber_Artemis_3_156_6___The_Perseids
Herber_Artemis_4_156_6___Melancholia
Herber_Artemis_5_156_6___Rape_of_Medusa

Gaia Rise, The Perseids, Melancholia and Rape of Medusa, by Artemis Herber

Brown_Marcus_2_2809_6___Adinkrahene_and_Cymbal_by_Marcus_Brown
Brown_Marcus_7_2809_6___Machine_Noire

Adinkrahene and Cymbal and Machine Noire, by Marcus Brown

Keller_Matthew_2_1076_6___copresence
Keller_Matthew_1_1076_6___John_the_Baptist
Keller_Matthew_3_1076_6___A_Glorified_Approach_to_Violence

John the Baptist, copresence and A Glorified Approach to Violence, by Matthew Keller

Villanueva_Maria_3_2822_6___Ofrenda_-_a_walking_project
Villanueva_Maria_1_2822_6___For_The_Forest

Ofrenda – a walking project and For The Forest, by Maria Villanueva

Brown_Wendell_2_1699_6___Memories_of_Family_and_Stories_Told
Brown_Wendell_4_1699_6___Stories_from_the_Photo_Album

Memories of Family and Stories Told and Stories from the Photo Album, by Wendell Brown