Atomical Hearts & The Electrical Brain
Gallery opening of Andy Fish & Veronica Hebard’s newest work

Doreen Manning
Worcester artists Andy Fish & Veronica Hebard are on fire. Proof? The opening on Friday June 26 of Atomical Hearts & The Electrical Brain at Boston’s Space 242.

The Gallery doesn’t call themselves “Boston’s Low Brow Destination” for nothing, as this evening proved. With a brilliant marketing strategy of having to RSVP in advance via their website in order to even make it through the door on opening night (they managed to snag my contact info for future marketing while simultaneously making me feel all exclusive and snooty) the Gallery was slammed from wall to wall.

With almost 140 works of art lining the whitewashed brick walls, the space is big, open and the walls were peppered with art. I had to literally push aside crowds just to get a good look at it all.

Showing along with Fish and Hebard were Allison Bamford and my new favorite Lindsay Small. With the same low brow feel that ignites my socks on fire, their work fit into the show like they were made to order.

Besides seeing the massive crowds that came to support these artists on the cusp of greater artistic success – quite a few made the drive from Worcester –  the sheer breadth of the collection allowed the viewer to see two things right off the low brow bat. One: the viewer could really get a good appreciation of the range of Fish’s work. From the “comic” inspired work to his personal explorations of styles, tools and mediums, you could really see the evolution of an artist who has mastered his genre. It was as if I finally saw the Fish in the pieces – his own voice showing through a more “traditional” style. I didn’t see just a Frankenstein monster or a comic hero, I saw Fish’s interpretation of it. His style, his stamp was felt on every piece. Two: the growth and development of Hebard’s art nearly screamed off the walls. Finally comfortable in her own style, she seems to have blossomed with this show in a level of maturity that says ‘This is me. Revel in it.’  Her fantasy inspired pieces in their muted tones, flowing lines and sometimes eerie and swirling color choices exude wonder and playfulness – but to my eyes, really showed a confidence only recently emerged.

Make a trip into Boston’s South End – whose artistic renaissance alone is worth the trip. Trust me, these hot artists will be sizzling upon a greater scene soon, so catch them up close while you can!

Space 242, 242 East Berkeley Street 2nd Floor, Boston. Gallery open Fridays 6:30-8p.m. and by appointment.