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’Trans’ is the Watchword at New Exhibit by Atlantic Works Gallery

by Kilian Melloy
Tuesday Dec 4, 2007

Last summer, the artists of Boston's Atlantic Works Gallery mounted a show to explore the word Gay. This week, they present a new word-based exhibit to investigate the possibilities posed by the prefix Trans.

It's a timely topic, as those who follow GLBT issues know; lately, the issue of trans people has garnered national attention and forced the GLBT community to reexamine its priorities in the wake of the House passage of a GLB anti-discrimination bill lacking protections for trans men and women.

But the prefix Trans holds so much more meaning and points to so many more possibilities, and that's where art serves to remind to public of the wider world and its endless riches.

Transitional, transcendent, transgressive: once critics and the public experience the exhibition, these are all words that are sure to greet the collection, by 14 artists, of sound sculpture, photography, drawings, collage, painting, and video.

As the exhibit's press release puts it, "TRANS may be the quintessential prefix for the evolution of modern art, abstraction, and its desublimation by popular culture."

The exhibit features the work of 14 artists. Leah Oates, from Brooklyn, offers a series of photographs, explaining, "The work I create first originates as a response to sites and objects that are ignored such as piles of trash, alleyways, overpasses, or abandoned structures." The title of her series: Transitory Spaces.

Young Min Moon, from Amherst, says that her contribution, Bomber Girl No. 5, is "a cluster of dismembered body parts and other image fragments [that] evoke [an] erotogenic and cyborgian body, infiltrating the space of abstraction."

The Atlantic Works Gallery will host an opening reception of Trans this coming Friday, Dec. 7, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The Gallery will be open Fridays and Saturdays 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. The exhibit will run through Jan. 12, 2008.

The Gallery also offers a monthly Third Thursday Gathering, taking place this month on Dec. 20 from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Atlantic Works Gallery is "East Boston's Collaborative Space for Art and Ideas," and is located on the top floor of 80 Border Street, on the waterfront. There is ample on-location parking, and the Gallery is located near the Blue Line Maverick stop.

Directions and more information is available at atlanticworks.org

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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