Opening reception: June 8, 6-9pm
Third Thursday Celebration and
Artists’ Talk: June 20, 6-9pm

The assigning of celestial bodies a reference to human experience was one of the hallmarks of our evolution. The earliest of us saw their entire worlds captured in the patterns arranged by the stars. There was nothing of chance in these configurations. To the early peoples, they were deliberately placed. It was an affirmation of sentience, the stirrings of the belief in higher powers; gods, beings other than themselves that had the power over wind, rain, darkness, light, life and death.

Both Marjorie Kaye and George Shaw compose configurations, addressing the relationship between energetic fields. Juxtaposition of color describes a certain vibration present in both artists’ works. For Marjorie Kaye this is brought about by cutting apart the shapes in infinity. For George Shaw, the subtlety of a minimal series of shapes touched by textural components lassoes and quiets the sound of the surface.

In Marjorie Kaye’s paintings there are obvious relationships between the points present in each shape. The eye follows miniature color fields, detailed dissection of larger planes. There are vortexes present within each separate shape, layering and spreading over the surface. These points channel energy, color acting as a propellant. The panels are shaped, encouraging repositories of color to interact between one end of the surface to another. Some of these works are done in multiple shaped panels. In “Dragon’s Path”, there are 21 small panels connected by their centers. Lines of continuity are contained and passed along from shape to shape. In another piece, 3 individual shaped panels are connected by biomorphic shapes containing additional forms, broken up into seemingly living entities swimming within the confines of the appointed energy field.

SHOWN: Marjorie Kaye, “Sorceress Picks Up a Conch Shell on the Beach on a Starry Night to Listen to the Ocean. If the Ocean is Right There,
Why Does She Need the Shell?”, Gouache/Acrylic Medium on Shaped Plywood, 33”X36”, 2019

George Shaw’s work is built upon his belief that the heavens and stars are incomprehensible to us. His work is constructed; within the building up of the surface are infinite planes of saturation. He believes that the vast heavens make us feel insignificant. His work strives to find a place, organizing the components of the pieces as the stars, into meaningful things or constellations. He seeks to make the heavens approachable and a way to guide himself through his earthly journeys.

SHOWN: George Shaw, “Becoming”, Mixed Media, 53.25”X13”X6”, 2019

Both Kaye and Shaw work within spatial relationships, assigning individual components as influencers of the whole. Energy fields are inescapable, providing a delicate balance in Shaw’s constructions, and a set of indelicate explosions in Kaye’s paintings. The opposing energies create a unity of tension in the conjunction of works.

Carmen Sasso: YOU KNOW IT’S COMING
Dan Hofstadter: NEW PAINTINGS

May 4-25, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday May 4, from 6-9 pm
Third Thursday Reception: May 16, from 6-9 pm
Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays during exhibitions, from 2-6 pm

Carmen Sasso and Dan Hofstadter join forces to present works that deal visually with dream, mood, and reverie.

Dan enlists a full palette of color in this show. Years ago, when giving art classes to Swedish school children, he noticed their eager response to the act of direct painting combined with simple techniques like collage, monotype, and stenciling. Similarly, in his own work, he seeks to sense the direction of a painting and ride its currents of half-conscious feeling. Though not literally collages, his paintings draw heavily on the aesthetic of collage, which has been greatly developed in Japanese design.

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For this exhibit, Carmen’s motifs are fundamental. Basic perspective, geometry, and the study of a 19th century master painter are rendered in black, white, and grey, using graphite, chalk, or paint. Human travails such as navigating a tumultuous sea or coping with a turbulent mind are dominant themes. A Jungian desire to recreate dream snippets and symbols is combined with constellations and reverence to appease the artist.

Join both on May 4 or on May 16 at the Gallery, when they will lead an open discussion on art-making.

For information or private appointment contact 857-302-8363 during gallery hours or write Dan at DHworks5012@gmail.com.

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.” www.melissashook.com

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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.
www.walterkopec.com

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

An Explosion of Colors
New Member Exhibition
March 9-30

Atlantic Works Gallery is proud to present its new member exhibition, “An Explosion of Colors,” opening on Saturday, March 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET. Please join the artists, Krystle Vermes, Sandrine Colson, Renato Viganego, and Dan Hofstadter for light refreshments and artist talks.

The monthly “Third Thursday” celebration will be held on Thursday, March 21, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET. Join the artists and the Atlantic Works Gallery community to mingle and discuss the art.

“An Explosion of Colors” is an exploration of every hue on the color wheel and what it means to be saturated in one or more of these tints in today’s world – whether it be an object, a person, or a special place. Each of the artists expresses what color means to them in their carefully crafted pieces for this particular exhibit.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Krystle Vermes has been creating painting and drawing for more than 15 years. She enjoys working with acrylic and multimedia materials. Her work has been featured in publications including ArtAscent magazine, where she received the Distinguished Artist title.

Dan Hofstadter works in both upstate NY and Boston. His work has previously been shown in Stockholm and in Bennington, Vermont.

Sandrine Colson is a versatile painter who now focuses on mixed media. She has been painting for more than 18 years. A world traveler, she gets her inspiration from the various cultures she has visited and the special light of Provence, France, where she is born. Her compositions are abstract, referencing natural forms and movement, filled with bright paint swirls, playful paper cut-outs, and three-dimensional objects, resulting in richly textured abstract canvases with intricate layering. Her work is a continuing experimentation with form, color, and medium.

Renato Viganego is a Boston-based artist and new member of the Atlantic Works Gallery. His studio can be found at 80 Border St.

 

Wabi-Sabi at Atlantic Works Gallery

FEBRUARY 9 – MARCH 2 , 2019

80 Border Street. Top Floor
on the waterfront in East Boston, MA 02128
Parking available  map

Opening Reception
Saturday, February 9, 6-9 PM

Artists Christine Palamidessi and Bo Petran stir the quintessential Japanese aesthetic with their own Italian and Czech sensibilities. What results is a flowing visual umami tempered with classical beauty, existential grace and two zen gardens.

Gallery Hours
Fridays and Saturdays, 2-6 PM,
during events, or by appointment.

Roberta Pyx Sutherland, inks and watercolor
on Chinese paper (pictured ‘Night Vision’)
Joseph Fontinha, video “Blue Kimono”
Kelly Slater, frottage
Kasia Bytnerowicz, ink drawings
DharmaCrafts, Meditation zafus

Advanced art students of East Boston
High School made 108 leaves for Wabi-Sabi.
The leaves are suspended from bamboo poles,
which hang from gallery ceiling.

Artist Talk and Music Event
Thursday, 21 February, 6-9 PM

Christine Palamidessi and Bo Petran talk about
Wabi-Sabi installation, influences and materials.
Boston-Based musician Ayumi Ueda plays crystal
singing bowls, glassophone & energy chimes
at 6:30 PM.

DONATIONS WELCOMED

 

Atlantic Works presents:

UFOs (Unfinished Objects)

January 11-26, 2019

Put on your winter art-smart-fun hat and come on over to Atlantic Works Gallery to witness a superb collection of UFOs. With a bit of nudging, our artists have agreed to show the public works-in-progress. Not an ordinary gallery-going experience! You will have a unique behind-the-scene look at the process of making art, be invited to give us your two cents, and collaborate in constructive completion.

You’ll see a few extraordinary sculptures searching for the perfect base; a drawing that may be begging for one more line; an almost-done painting waiting for a few more dabs of yellow. We’ll have clipboards, pencils and paper for visitors to leave comments.

If you’d like to hear how artist’s critique fellow artists’ work, our Artist Reception on January 17th will be both an opportunity to listen to thoughtful people and a warm winter party on the East Boston waterfront.

Artists Reception: Thursday, January 17, 6-9 pm
Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, 2-6 pm,
or by appointment

M I R A N D A

New works by George Shaw and Dominick Takis presented by Atlantic Works Gallery

December 1-28, 2018.

A wink and a smile and a kiss good-bye
Good-bye, so long, I hope that I will see you …

      Miranda- from “Slowdrive”

Time is present in memory. Takis and Shaw’s work are an accumulation of layers, representing time as sedimentary rock, housing memory layering upon memory; some are recognizable, and some memories reside where we rarely access them, waiting to come to the surface.  The name “Miranda” means worthy of recognition. Revelation and meaning has a way of finding the way to the top of our waking dreams.

Both artists use a combination of materials to create their work, ranging from lichen and industrial materials to cold wax, found objects, and spray paint.

George Shaw

“I’m a lousy fisherman, don’t have balls to be a hunter, too lazy to be a lawyer, too honest to be a politician. I decided to build stuff to put a roof over my head and to answer that nagging voice to figure out why I’m alive. That’s about it.  I’m a carpenter and an artist, nothing more, nothing less – hoping I’m helping me and you to figure it all out.”

Dominick Takis

“90’s dream pop’s Slowdive’s “Miranda” is the inspiration for this work. The sound is delicate and moody. It is layered, abstracted and textured. My art is texture and surface, transparent and opaque. The music reinforces and directs my pallet and tints. I get caught up in its dream and it takes me places, not unconsciously but parental. My use of lichen and its symbiotic existence reinforces my symbiotic relationship with music. I need it to paint.”

There will be an opening reception on Saturday, December 1st, 2018, from 6-9pm

The Third Thursday reception and Artists’ Talk will take place on December 20, from 6-9pm.

 

Atlantic Works Gallery

80 Border Street East Boston MA 02128

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public hours 2-6p Friday & Saturday, by appointment, and during events

SAVϴRY/asIS/
A show of new works by Audrina Bell Warren and Michael St.Germain, presented at Atlantic Works Gallery, November 2-25 2018.

Individuals in recent polls lament the rapid passage of time and express desire to be more aware and present in life. The solution, say many, equates to slowing down and taking it all in.

Congruent with those aforementioned desires to be more aware and present, the work in AS IS speaks to immediacy, and the responsibility of individuals to accept a frame reference in said form. Deferring to intuition and gut responses, the artist makes rapid mechanical decisions, which explore aesthetic territory beyond the edges of logic and reason. The artist calls the selection of objects and drawings offered in AS IS “fruits of a fool’s errand”.
The SAVeRY is a satirical value analysis – an anecdotal proposal for a place where recognition of worth appreciates, the way a bank functions as an intermediary of trust, providing an institutional “stamp” of approval on all the functions protecting the value of assets saved within it. The context touches upon hyper-localized exchanges of goods and services, as mirrors of those on display around the world. Visitors to the SAVϴRY will likely recognize the connections between proximity to opportunity, and a society asleep and enslaved by capitalism.

Opening celebration and “Brunch” November 3 from 1-4pm
Third Thursday reception November 15 from 6-9pm

In addition, the artists will host “Values” a conversation and virtual forum on “what we find valuable”, a discussion of anything worth considerable value, during regular gallery hours November 9 from 2-6pm. Support for this event provided by its contributors and Cultural Liability Corporation ©

Atlantic Works Gallery
80 Border Street East Boston MA 02128
contact@atlanticworksgallery.org – 857 302 8363
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public hours 2-6p Friday & Saturday, by appointment, and during events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 6-27

Atlantic Works Gallery presents

Receptions 6-9pm

October 6 OPENING

October 18 THIRD THURSDAY

Justin C. Rounds’ work depicts the everyday shopping cart in image and object, deconstructing and reconstructing the icon of consumer capitalism in an effort to transform the viewer’s perspective on our environmentally and socially destructive buying habits. Salvaged materials are manipulated to create artworks which evoke the tension between nature and the industrialized urban landscape.

For this exhibit, Leigh Hall has reinvented her wall drawing technique from the early 2000’s, working with black masking tape on heavy-weight drawing paper. The result is a large and detailed work, East Boston Greenway, presented as 26 distinct pieces assembled to create a larger-than-life landscape, which crosses the boundaries between realism and abstraction.

Gallery hours: October 6-27: Fridays and Saturdays 2-6pm and by appointment. atlanticworks.org | 80 Border St., 3rd Floor, East Boston, MA 02128 contact@atlanticworks.org | 857-302-8363

September 8 – 29, 2018
ATLANTIC WORKS GALLERY PRESENTS

Fabrications

paintings by Diane Teubner and Brian Jude Reardon

RECEPTIONS 6-9PM
SEPTEMBER 8 OPENING
SEPTEMBER 20 THIRD THURSDAY

Two painters respond to the made, constructed, assembled.
Diane Teubner attends to interval, measure, and rhythms in her paintings, looking
to textiles – their structure, designs, and embellishments – as a source for her
explorations.

Brian Jude Reardon creates paintings of classic vehicles and farm tractors,
experimenting with the play of bright colors as they describe form. For Reardon,
they are simple objects of desire executed in oil.

Gallery hours:

September 8 – 29 Fridays and Saturdays 2-6pm

and by appointment.

ATLANTICWORKS.ORG | 80 BORDER ST., 3RD FLOOR, EAST BOSTON, MA 02128

contact@ATLANTICWORKS.ORG | 857-302-8363