An Installation by
vanessa r. thompson and Mark Natale
East Boston, July 24, 2011 The production of art is a tumultuous, visceral process, the results of which are hung on pristine gallery walls for consumption by the viewer. The production of food is a grueling, laborious process, the results of which are stacked in neatly shrink- wrapped packages in a grocer’s freezer for consumption by the shopper. vanessa r thompson and Mark Natale’s installation and photography intertwine process and product, the consumer and the consumed. Mark Natale’s black-and-white photographs of farm production hang on white walls. Behind the white walls, Thompson’s photographs hang within an installation of three claustrophobic fur-lined corridors.
Exhibit Duration: October 8-29, 2011 Opening Reception: Saturday, October 8, 6-9pm Gallery hours: Fridays through Sundays, 2-6pm or by appointment For more information or to schedule a private press viewing, email vanessa r thompson at or phone her at (617)852-2385.

About the Artists:
vanessa r thompson received her MFA at the Art Institute of Boston. She has exhibited her work throughout New England, most recently at First Fridays at 450 Harrison Ave. in Bostonʼs South End, and at Somerville open studios.

Originally from New Jersey, Mark Natale “took art class for one semester in 7th grade.” He learned about art in Europe after visiting countless galleries and national art institutes. Markʼs artistic vision is influenced by the late Ray Johnson, Yousuf Karsh and Diane Arbus. Mark has exhibited recently at Atlantic Works Gallery in East Boston, Massachusetts.
Begun in 2003, ATLANTIC WORKS GALLERY, “East Boston’s Collaborative Space for Art and Ideas,” is a member-operated gallery located on the top floor of 80 Border Street on the waterfront of East Boston. It is T-accessible (near the Maverick T stop on the Blue Line) and parking space is usually ample. For detailed directions and other information about members and past and future shows, please see

Photography by John Kennard
To schedule a private press viewing and interview at a more convenient time, please contact Richard Dorff at 617-283-7113 or

About the Gallery

Begun in 2003, ATLANTIC WORKS GALLERY, “East Boston’s Collaborative Space for Art and Ideas,” is a member-operated gallery located on the top floor of 80 Border Street on the waterfront of East Boston. It is T-accessible (near the Maverick T stop on the Blue Line).

All Images of artwork are Copyright protected
Photographs – Mark Natale at the Atlanticworks Gallery


Celebrating Women’s History Month
New Work by Chris Chou, Karen Kemp & Maureen O’Connor

80 Border Street East Boston
March 3 – March 26, 2011

Opening: March 3, 6:00-9:00 pm
Third Thursday: March 17, 6:00-9:00 pm

Come experience the artistic contributions of these 3 women artists living and working in Boston.

Chris Chou received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007 and says of her work: “Painting is an attitude about life. I see things very directly. I love color. I paint the color of red hot, red is blood, red is energy. I love color and form. I draw the form of circle. It could be an egg: or a window: to lead you to another landscape. It could be an eye: but what an eye! I believe painting is my mission. My goal is simple, but is not easy. I want to make great art. I want use it to share, to comfort, and to celebrate. Through my painting– May you smell the different seasons of life. Have a date with surprise! Or .. Just simply a smile.”

Karen Kemp is in love with the shoreline and continues to portray it in her paintings simply and unspoiled. The essence of her landscape painting is nature unpeopled and uninterrupted which gives a sense of calm. Kemp also continues her work in etching with a new series of small dogs: cute loveable animals that are fun to draw! Kemp, a native of Long Island, New York, studied at Rhode Island School of Design and the University of New Hampshire received a BA in Art History. She has training in traditional fresco painting restoration from Il Laboratorio Per Affresco di Vainella in Prato, Italy. In 2003 Karen received a painting fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. She has also been the recipient of several awards for her work in etching and oil painting. Karen is represented by Danette Koke Fine Art in New York, Boston Drawing Project at the Bernard Toale Gallery in Boston, MA. Her artwork has become a part of private and corporate art collections.

Maureen O’Connor has been called a “masterful painter of our favorite things (like candy) by Randi Hopkins, curator at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. O’Connor continues her work with ceramic ducks which are known for their anthropomorphic quality and have been compared to the work of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Her ducks are in the private collections of Bruce Dayton, founder of Target Department Stores, Richard Miner, founder of Android and a partner at Google. Her work is also in the collections of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Fidelity Investments and Boston Medical Center among others. O’Connor won 1st Prize in Painting at Home for the Arts in 2007, juried by Paul Tucker noted Monet Scholar and author of Monet in the Twentieth Century. O’Connor is represented by the Jack Meier Gallery, Houston Texas.

Fridays and Saturdays 2-6 pm and by appointment
Free and handicapped accessible.

Vanessa R Thompson – Grundo

Leah Grimaldi

Mark Natale -Bitch Dancers

Justin Augsperg – Raised by Wolves

Vanessa R Thompson

Vanessa R Thompson
Jack Hammers, Die, Die, Die and Antler Girls – Background
Chris and Sonia Enjoy Lick It Up Bitch

Nick DiStefano – Head in the Clouds

Live LIUB Dancers