Original art from around the corner and around the globe
Author: Christine O'Donnell, owner of Beacon Gallery, Boston MA
Beacon Gallery is located on Harrison Ave in the SoWa area of Boston’s South End. The gallery offers original art from both the Boston area as well as around the globe. Representing local artists as well as showing European and Asian artists, Beacon Gallery connects emerging and mid-career artists with new and established collectors and institutions from around the world. Beacon Gallery also focuses on curating shows with an eye towards activism and social justice when possible.
Come visit our brick-and-mortar location in Boston's SoWa neighborhood, or shop at our online gallery at www.beacongallery.com where we are always open!
On May 20th Beacon Gallery hosted a virtual artist talk with Steve Edson via Zoom. You can find a recording of 80% of the meeting below (starting just after the intro) below.
Steve’s work was chosen for Perception Abstraction as it fit the curatorial vision for the show. On display are abstract images from amongst many different series of works. Curator Christine O’Donnell particularly appreciates how Steve can abstract reality yet still evoke the experience through the abstraction.
Here is the recording of the artist talk – enjoy!
And below is the presentation (PDF format) that accompanied the artist talk, with images of artwork discussed.
We are happy to announce that Beacon Gallery will be accepting appointments from next week for visits to the gallery.
Please call us at 617-718-5600 or email us to make an appointment. While in accordance with directives from the space we are not open to casual browsing, as we are an office of one, we can accept individual meetings. Make yours today!
Beacon Gallery owner Christine O’Donnell has collaborated on multiple projects with Gallery Systems. They are the manufacturers of the hanging system used in the gallery and have proven to be tireless advocates for the arts as well.
The most recent project to which Christine contributed is their art hanging guide. “Everyone’s Guide to Art Hanging”
It’s a free, downloadable PDF, available at the following link. Check it out for lots of great content on various ways to hang artwork no matter your experience level nor wall space available.
While Beacon Gallery was spared any water damage, our neighborhood is now dealing with the 1-2 punch of COVID-19 and a 30-inch watermain break on April 14th.
Here is a photo from Boston Fire Department so you get a sense of what it looked like:
The water rushed in quite dramatically and knocked over furniture, pedestals and ravaged the entire row of shops of 460 Harrison Ave, as well as other adjoining buildings.
In a desire to do something to help, here is an aggregated list of the businesses affected (if you know of any businesses that we’ve missed, please comment). A few have mentioned ways you can support them. If they haven’t, you can always like them and comment on Instagram and Facebook to show your support as they grapple with this new challenge.
If/when future businesses contact us, we will list ways to support them. Please check back!
Ash & Rose – Buy a face mask, gift card, or make a donation via their website.
Candice Wu Couture – Candice Wu and her attorney would like to get in touch with all owners affected by the flooding. Please contact her or feel free to contact Beacon Gallery and we can make the connection.
Fountain Street Fine Art – BUY ART! If you’re in a position to do so, the best way to support our artists is to buy their work, so that they can pay rent, buy supplies and continue to create. Payment plans and shipping can be arranged through the gallery.
From now through May 7th, the work displayed by Fountain Street artists online on 1stDibs is offered at an exclusive 15% discount on purchases up to $2700 (that’s a savings up to $400 per purchase). Enter the promo code FountainStreetOn1stdibs to access this limited time offer. 1stDibs ➢
Artwork from “Where the Worlds Meet” by Mia Cross and Daniel Zeese is available on our website, as is work by this month’s Annex artists, Amanda Hill, Shany Porras and Anne Russell. Both of these beautiful exhibitions were closed down––first from the state of emergency and then sustained some damage by the flood.
SHARE ART! Passion for art is contagious. In these times especially, art provides respite, color and meaning. Please share our posts with other art-lovers in your circle. Comment on the art that you are drawn to; it would mean the world to our artists, and bring their work and the mission of Fountain Street to new audiences.
SoWa Vintage Market – Make sure to follow them at @sowavintage, and check their stories and live feeds. They are LIVE Sundays 11-12 plus they post videos & pics of products for sale. Great for shopping from home, and are still shipping!
Wyllo – Moving into SoWa April 1, this new jewlery shop experienced the disastrous flood before even opening for business. Support them by shopping online (they are still shipping) or by purchasing a gift card!
Given that Perception Abstraction, Steven Edson and Fern L. Nesson’s two-artist show is currently closed to visitors, we wanted to give you an online preview! We hope to be open to the public again by June 1, depending on current events. In the meantime, enjoy the artwork virtually. Send us an inquiry if you’re interested in any of the works!
Coming into the gallery one is initially greeted by Steven Edson’s piece Reflections on Cloud Gate, which sits on a dark blue wall underneath the title of the show and the two artists names.
To the right sits a smaller pair of pieces, one by Nesson, one by Edson. They exist as inverses to each other. Edson’s Wired is black marks on a white background. It has the look of a finely wrought Franz Klein painting. Nesson’s piece, Untitled 3, is completely black yet illuminated horizontally by the time-lapse of knots of light.
Turning back towards the stairs, one sees a pair of Nesson’s photographs . A ring swings on a pendulum, its shadow perfectly captured in a spotlight. Next to it, less obvious circular forms cut diagonally in and out of the shadows.
In fact, all of Nesson’s photography is derived directly from captured images, and they are not photomanipulated in any way. One may marvel at that fact when seeing works such as Untitled 1, 2 or 12. And yet – her work is all photographed in our “real world” rather than created digitally.
In the images above (Untitled 12, 2 and 1 from left to right) luminous lines swoop across black backgrounds. Movement and color draw the eye while the curtain of dark behind each is a foundation of calm. Nesson has a goal of creating living works of art that embody the moment when mass becomes energy. These three pieces as well as other striking examples of Nesson’s photography line the wall across from the stairs.
Just around the corner from the steps are two large and colorful works by Steve Edson. These pieces anchor the front of the gallery and offer a glimpse into how Edson translates items, images and concepts into pure graphic abstractions.
The glossy The Art of the Automobile: 1939 Bugatti 57C transforms a classic car into sensuous ripples and infinite reflections.
Next to 1939 Bugatti 57C is Edson’s States of Matter, a playful, oversized print that plays with perspective and line. Edson is constantly playing in his photography and working on new ways to see the very basics of artistic expression: form, light, color, lines and narrative story telling. This piece demonstrates his ability to find beauty in what many might see as mundane.
At the other end of the gallery, States of Matter plays off Celestial Musings. This similarly hued piece is another typical piece of Edson’s – beauty and mystery wrought from the everyday.
Here, we are confronted with tree filled with small holiday lights, something many of us might not give a second glance while on a walk. And yet, through Edson’s viewfinder, the magic of the tree, with its illumination and the fractal patterns of its small, dark branches in the cobalt distance, the tree comes alive.
Between these two pieces, one with branches elongating towards the heavens, and one with lines curving back towards the earth, a series of Nesson’s geometrical prints stretch horizontally from the front of the gallery to the back. In addition to Untitled 1, 2, and 12, the wall includes Untitled 4, 6, 8, 9 and 10. These pieces all feature Nesson’s signature style with mysterious, elegant contours emerging from darkness .
At the end of this long gallery wall, two pieces, one by Nesson (Untitled 05) and one by Edson (Road Paint 01) complement each other with similar shades of green and playful curved lines and angles.
Across from this long wall sits a series of five pieces; an intermingling of Nesson and Edson’s works.
These pieces demonstrate one of the essential differences between the artists work: Edson’s pieces often start with a physical item from which he creates an abstraction. On the other hand Nesson’s work often abstracts from pure light. The visual effects might create similar patterns, but artists’ creative processes are completely different.
Rounding out this vignette of lines and rows is Corn Husks in Snow, another piece by Steve Edson which again creates an abstract image from the title image.
We are lucky to have a large gallery space with a hall and small sitting area towards the back. With all the fabulous work available, we couldn’t resist filling every wall with artwork. The hallway features the two following pieces by Edson and Nesson.
The piece above, Inverse Relationships by Steven Edson, like a few others in the gallery, was printed by Blazing Editions on aluminum and looks spectacular in the light. It also is a great complementary piece to Celestial Musings just around the corner. Edson’s digital manipulation creates a mesmerizing image that is even more stunning in person.
Across the hall, Nesson’s piece, Untitled 13, is another example of her masterful use of light and shadow. The shapes in this piece toy with the viewer’s eye as one seeks to make sense of the image.
At the back of the gallery is small room with two of Edson’s pieces devoted to the natural world.
Forest for the Trees (left) and Suspended Animation (right) take natural phenomena or images without any manipulation and remind us of the abstract patterns and beauty that naturally surround us every day, from the crown of trees to the ice bubbles under our feet.