Obfuscation is a collaboration between Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery of Modern & Contemporary Art and Kirkland Arts Center. The artists in this exhibition explore the layering of meaning by scratching away, erasing, and covering up marks. View gallery open hours.
- Frederick Holmes of Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery
- Colleen Lenahan, Kirkland Arts Center Exhibitions Program Manager
Opening Reception & Events
- Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
RSVP required for VIP Preview. Open to the public after 7:30 pm.
Fused Glass Instruments by Gary Word
- Date: Friday, June 17th from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Music Director Jonathan Graber will present Le Son Du Verre II, a performance inspired by the works in Obfuscation that features Gary Word’s creations. Purchase tickets here. $30 per person or $50 per couple. Limited seating.
A portion of paintings’ sale proceeds benefit KAC.
More Information About Obfuscation: Exploring the Layering of Meaning
What does one communicate by writing something then purposefully obfuscating it? Scratching away, erasing, and covering up may obscure patent meaning, but the textures and layers created by the obliterating marks birth new latent significance. When we let go of the natural urge to decipher, writing can cease to convey linguistic meaning and instead become pure form.
The three artists in this exhibit all dialogue with written meaning-making through text – whether legible or illegible – and conscious layering, often with the addition of mixed media textural elements like fabric, wood, or paper. The resulting works are deep, rich tapestries of concealed and synthesized meaning, uncannily familiar yet elusively foreign.