Here are some photos from last night’s Opening of “Barriers.” They don’t begin to do the work justice. Go See!

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Things start out so promising, and then something gets in the way. Nothing goes according to plan. Psychological, spiritual and social difficulties crop up.  They are our obstacles. They give us energy or they take it away. They are the friction that propels our way through life.

barriers is an art installation by Bo Petran and Matthew Keller that consists of a series of environments reflecting these obstacles.

Petran explores the energy we may gain from the physical experience of death and destruction. Through the burning of piled wooden planks, he creates a very tangible barrier and a spectacle resplendent of the beauty and elegance of death.

Keller delves into the intangible barriers etched into our psyches through the practice and ritual of organized religion— in his own case, through the Catholic Church. His space, patterned after an altar and confessional, alludes to the emotional walls created by past misdeeds. His barriers are created by the thrill of freedom and maintained by the thrill of shame. Keller’s barriers are cleansed by prayer.

The opening (which is free) includes a performance from former bartender of No. 9 Park, Tyler Jay Wang, of the creation of a cocktail and a conversation on subjects chosen by the artists. Purchase tickets from to pass the barrier to this performance.

Exhibition Dates: October 5 – 26, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, 05 October, 6-9 PM (free of charge)
Performance by Tyler Jay Wang: Saturday, 05 October, 6-9 PM (by ticket)
Third Thursday Reception/Artist Talk: Thursday, 17 October, 6-9 PM
Masquerade Closing Party: Friday, 25 October, 6-9 PM
Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 2-6 PM

Creative Couples:

artwork by 14 Boston-based artist couples

When two artists live together, what is the impact on their work? Creative Couples, an exhibit organized by Lola Baltzell, seeks to find the answer.

Of the encouragement that can take place in a creative couple, Mark Natale says, “My wife Lola Baltzell is fearless and her creativity is contagious. She inspired me to take my own photography more seriously. Now I am showing my work, which is very exciting.”

Sometimes a partner’s different background can lead a mate in a new direction. Marjorie Kaye, who will be showing with her partner George Shaw, says, “George is a finish carpenter who specializes in restoration, so he encouraged me to include more sculptural elements in my paintings.”

Or both artists may collaborate. Inspired by the writings of Carl Jung, photographer David Weinberg and painter Louise Weinberg began exploring the same house/tower that Jung built in Bollingen, each in their respective medium.

Anna Salmeron & Bo Petran
Lola Baltzell & Mark Natale
Kelly Slater & John Wilkinson
Laura Torres & Pietri Valbuena
Carol Odell & Tom Odell
Louise Weinberg & David Weinberg
Marjorie Kaye & George Shaw
Elisa Hamilton & Andrew Edman
Trish Crapo & Tom Ashley
Courtney Hadden & Michael Dowling
David Piemonte & Terry Del Percio-Piemonte
Charlene Liska & Bart Higgins
Jenny Grassl & Anton Grassl
Margot Stage & David Crane
Jennifer Amadeo-Holl & Tanwin Chang
Dominic Chavez & Silvia Lopez Chavez

Exhibition Dates: April 7 – 28, 2012
Opening Reception: April 7, 6 to 9 pm
Third Thursday Celebration: April 19, 6 to 9 pm

Artwork by Bo Pertran and Chris Spuglio
East Boston, September 2010 – From October 8 to October 30, 2010, Atlantic Works gallery presents HEAVEN AND EARTH: New Work by Bo Petran and Chris Spuglio.
In this economic downturn, if you have been too much getting and spending, laying waste your powers, give yourself a night to reconnect with who you are and what matters at core.
In a series that marks a departure from his previous mostly abstract work, painter Chris Spuglio explores the Gods and Goddesses of Greek mythology. Fascinated by the relationships between the Gods since childhood, Spuglio has returned to this fertile imaginative terrain to portray their complex webs of identity and relationship thru an adult prism. Creating work that is both fanciful and provocative, his work reminds you of the divine within reach and your own “heaven”.
As contrast, Czech artist Bo Petran presents two new series of work that explore life, death and time. The first, Bohemian Earth, is composed of shocking and beautiful photographs of spring in an ossuary (bone storage facility) in Prague. His series about life is Snowblind, a large grid of gorgeous sculptural paintings with iron and marble dust combined with acrylic medium and paint. Bo will present both series in the installation “Studio Visit”, where he will recreate a friendly, working art studio.
Join us at the opening Saturday, October 9, 6-9pm and to visit the gallery Fridays and Saturdays from 2pm to 6pm.. The public is also invited to Atlantic Works Gallery’s monthly THIRD THURSDAY GATHERING, on October 21, 6-9pm.
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).