Welcome to Control

An Installation of Typographic Monoprints,
Mechanical Mind Control and Fiber Performance Art by Mitchel Ahern

As many people suspect, there is a pervasive international, pan-dimensional organization known as Control, responsible for cultural manipulation and management. Although the goals of the organization are kept secret, Control has established a visitor center and gift shop in East Boston at Atlantic Works Gallery. There, the public is welcome to view various visual, video and performance and textual works recently made public by the Freedom of Information Act, as well as Control devices including the Cut-Up Oracle of Control and a working Dream Machine Cone of Silence, inspired by Control agents such as Burroughs, Gysin, Oglivy, Maxwell Smart, Martha Stewart and Roger Ailes.

The artist, Mitchel Ahern, works in large-format typographic linocut monographs on fabric, which he incorporates into mechanical devices and performance, along with his self-invented musical instruments. His political/social installations have been exhibited at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Atlantic Works, Galatea Fine Arts, and Gallery 119. He has also performed at The Knitting Factory, The Middle East, The Rat, and Exit 13.

Exhibition dates: November 1–24, 2012
Opening reception: Thursday, November 1, 6-9pm
Third Thursday reception and performances: November 15, 6-9pm

The Inspection House

New work by Martha McCollough and Matthew Keller

A panopticon is a circular prison with cells arranged around a central well, from which prisoners can at all times be observed. It is an apt metaphor for how we live today. We are photographed everywhere, recorded everywhere, and social media exposes the minute details of our lives and thoughts. Not only our own private lives, but also the machinations of the powerful become more transparent as information moves freely across borders and up and down hierarchies. What then? In their two-person exhibition, Martha McCollough and Matthew Keller take the panopticon as a starting point and explore how it affects our lives. With brilliant black humor, Martha McCollough’s videos and acrylic paintings explore our responses, which can run the gamut from exhibitionist euphoria to constant anxiety to outright paranoia. The constant question is how do we present ourselves, how do we choose to mask or unmask? The answer is dependent on whether we perceive surveillance as the harmless and even comforting interest of our friends as offered through social media, or as a tool of social control in the hands of repressive powers. McCollough is a two-time fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her text-based videos have recently been exhibited as part of the MIX Conference at Bath Spa University, UK, at the Void Network Film Poetry Festival in Greece, in Gone Lawn, an online magazine of experimental fiction, and in Rattapallax online magazine.

Matthew Keller’s oil paintings explore thoughts of observation and the acts of the observed. The focus is on individual perceptions relating directly to voyeurism, the changes in the activities of the watched, and the refusal to acknowledge the possibility of consequence by unknown onlookers. The goal is to not only comment on but also to preserve these feelings of alienation, inadequacy and powerlessness.

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October 4 – 27, 2012
Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 4, 6–9pm, Catering by Bitter Science
Third Thursday Gathering:
October 18, 6–9pm

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Diamond

new artwork by Justin Augspurg

Justin Augspurg is an artist who combines elegant painting and collage with a streetwise urban sensibility. In Diamond, his new exhibition at Atlantic Works Gallery, the diamond shape that is a unifying motif comes from the chain link fences he sees around his home in Chelsea. Augspurg is a scavenger, combining everything around him – fashion, automotive design, graffiti, store signage – into new and beautiful forms and ennobling them in the process. Because he insists on the right to appropriate, recontextualize and change what comes from the mass media, his painting is an assertion of personal and social freedom. Augspurg’s gritty new show is a diamond that could only have come out of the rough.

Exhibition dates: August 31 – September 29, 2012
Opening: Saturday, September 8, 6–9pm
Third Thursday reception: Thursday, September 20, 6–9pm

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Never let it be said that the Biennial Project isn’t serious with a capital Serious. With its summer show here at Atlantic Works, the Biennial Project makes a serious effort to satisfy your minimum monthly requirement of horny Boy Scouts, opium-smoking eccentrics, circus freaks, aging hippies, lumberjacks, and sex workers. Even if you missed the opening party it’s not too late to bathe in the bliss of total self-regard as the Biennial Project asks again its perennial question, “Why Not Us?”
Come to the closing reception: August 16th, 7-10 pm.

Fernando DeOliveira

Fernando DeOliveira

Samantha Marder and Fernando DeOliveira

Samantha Marder and Fernando DeOliveira

From the bizarre photo shoot

From the bizarre photo shoot

Mitch Ahern Demands Your Love

Mitch Ahern Demands Your Love

Peanut butter and art sandwiches

Peanut butter and art sandwiches

Suzanne Mercury reads one-word poems

Suzanne Mercury reads one-word poems

On the red carpet with Sonia Domkarova, Fernando DeOliveira and Jess Stambaugh

On the red carpet with Sonia Domkarova, Fernando DeOliveira and Jess Stambaugh

Branden Harrington takes time out from making awesome videos to make social media faces with Anna Salmeron

Branden Harrington takes time out from making awesome videos
to make social media faces with Anna Salmeron

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Stills from Martha McCollough's Video I Spy, in case you wondered what you look like from space.

Stills from Martha McCollough’s Video I Spy,
in case you wondered what you look like from space.

The Biennial Project presents

Bizarre Artist Happenings

The internationally renowned, cutting edge and East Boston based conceptual artist group, The Biennial Project, is pleased to announce the opening of their trail blazing newest show ‘Bizarre Artist Happenings’

Bizarre Artist Happenings’ will start off with a trail blazing opening reception at Atlantic Works Gallery this coming July 19th and will show until the boisterous closing reception being held on Thursday August 16th.These will be the art parties of the summer if not the decade and they are not to be missed. Partygoers are encourage to dress to impress as their ‘eclectic artist persona’. Bring out that Puchi or your leather chaps and lets all bring some of the faded glamour of the Warhol Factory to Beantown!!

We look forward to seeing you and your entire audience at our avant-garde, innovative event (which your grandchildren will surely be talking about)!!

Exhibition Dates: July 19–August 18, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday July 19th 7–10pm
Closing Reception: Thursday August 16th 7–10pm

SKIN Show will be extended to Saturday July 7th with a closing party. Stop by around 7 PM – BYOB, Bring a friend, bring a date or just your wonderful self.
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Chris Spuglio – Veronica Pinup – Color pencil
I want Veronica – She’s such a classic.

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All Photographs (C) By Mark Natale – Brookline, MA

Skin

New work by Chris Spuglio and Stephanie Arnett

In SKIN, Atlantic Works veteran Chris Spuglio and newcomer Stephanie Arnett explore the types of identities we choose for ourselves through how we present ourselves to others.  Skin is our  blank human canvas indelibly marked with our life experiences.
Chris Spuglio’s new body of work explores the artistic and technical field of professional tattooing, from traditional to new school design. After a lifetime of painting on traditional surfaces, he now paints on bodies.

According to Stephanie Arnett, “As we become more accustomed to lives integrated with technology, we place more importance on finding ways of differentiating ourselves on the web. For Skin, I’ve been working with both the concept of constructing a curated digital identity as well as experimenting with new material surfaces.”

Exhibition Dates: June 8 – June 30, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, June 8, 7-10 pm
Third Thursday Gathering: June 21, 7-10 pm

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George Shaw – 4 Portals, #45

Sarah Meyers Brent – Overgrown Canvas II, #44

Marjorie Keye – A Delicate Balance, #41

Michael St Germain – Untitled, #42

Keith Harris – Untitled, #40

L.J Lanfranchi – Emergence, #58

Dell M. Hamilton – Untitled, #34

Martha McCollough – 2 Birds Inseparable Friends, #33

Jodi Colella – Embrace, #59

Bo Petran – Untitled, #35

Justin Augspurg – Untitled, #31

Joan Ryan – Cash Rules, #30
Trena Noval – releasing jack – a short film, #52

Audrina Bell Warren – (the) Satis-factory, #50

Lars Hoeg – Rod Drabant, #51

Lee Hall – Web, #22

Jennifer Moses – Under/Over, #23
Kelly Slater – Detroit, #26
Danielle Donigan – The Color Adventure, #27

Erica Famino – We Really Hate This Shit. We Really Do, #3

Carmen Sasso – Burst, #4

Rick Dorff – Untitled, #2

Veronica Domkarova – Bizarre Artists Happenings, #63, #21
Anna Salmaron – Bizarre Artists Happenings, #27, #20


Leah Grimaldi – James #11
Alecia Augsburg – Baby Brushes #10

 Marc Bisson – DeVil biss 9, #9

Charlene Liska – Jack Nicholson on the receiving end of some really bad news,  #8

Vanessa Thompson – When the sun comes up – Video, #60

Max Kuzmin – Buffer Zone, #19

Maj. Britt Pederson – Untitled, #18

Max Kuzmin – Eastie, #15

Mitchel Adhern – This is a Crime, #48

Stephanie Bradley – Basement Song – Video, #55

Stephanie Bradley – Basement Song – Video, #55

Stephanie Bradley – Basement Song – Video, #55

AWG – Before Opening

AWG – East Wing

AWG – South Wing

AWG – The cubby space

Sam and Laura Torres

AWG – West Wing

Shelah Horvitz – Continual Apocalypse (SOLD), #5

Opening Night Party

We had a really great turnout of friends and friends of friends and AW members

Friend Audrina Bell Warren talks about her work

 I overexposed Kristen with flash with shadows from cards in front of camera – Just for fun – MarkN

Kristen Freitas – Character I, #49
Transfer print onDura-lar

Samantha Marder talks about “Cinderella Liberty”, #46

If you missed our opening you have another chance to see this really great exhibit on Third
Thursday this month – May 17th from 6PM to 9 PM

Amanda Gallagher – Sexy Nana, #13

Adrienne Wetmore – Untitled, #12

Sonia Domkorova – Bizarre Artist Happenings, #86 (sisters), #14

Donald Rex Bishop – Untitled, #17

Donald Rex Bishop – Untitled, #16

dei xhrist – pelt, #57
Lola Baltzell – Suffer Me Not to be Separated, #29

Diane Teubner – Alembic, #47

Peter Pizzi – Birdman, #56
The Biennial Project – Whitney Biennial Trading Cards, #53

Photo credits for this blog – Mark Natale, Brookline MA