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  • Venue: Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery of Modern & Contemporary Art, 309 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104

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.

Curators

Featured Artists

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.

  • Anna Macrae, Cityscape, 36 x 48, Oils, 2016
    Anna Macrae, Cityscape, 36 x 48, Oils, 2016
  • Susan Derrick, Minutes to the Hour, 44 x 31 in, acrylic and dandelions
    Susan Derrick, Minutes to the Hour, 44 x 31 in, acrylic and dandelions
  • Flora Ramírez Bustamante, Vowel-ing 201, Ink and vinyl paint on paper, 17 x 20 inches (18.5 x 21.5 inches framed), 2015
    Flora Ramírez Bustamante, Vowel-ing 201, Ink and vinyl paint on paper, 17 x 20 inches (18.5 x 21.5 inches framed), 2015
  • Susan Derrick, 425
    Susan Derrick, 425
  • Anna Macrae, Here It Comes, 48 x 30, oils, 2016
    Anna Macrae, Here It Comes, 48 x 30, oils, 2016
  • Flora Ramírez Bustamante, Vowel-ing 201, Ink and vinyl paint on paper, 17 x 20 inches (18.5 x 21.5 inches framed), 2015
    Flora Ramírez Bustamante, Vowel-ing 201, Ink and vinyl paint on paper, 17 x 20 inches (18.5 x 21.5 inches framed), 2015
  • Flora Ramírez Bustamante, A Wad of Fragments (Nothing left clear), Collage, vinyl paint and ink on handmade paper, 28 x 14 inches (30 x 17 inches framed), 2015
    Flora Ramírez Bustamante, A Wad of Fragments (Nothing left clear), Collage, vinyl paint and ink on handmade paper, 28 x 14 inches (30 x 17 inches framed), 2015
  • Anna Macrae, Where to Now, oils and fabric, 36 x 48, 2015
    Anna Macrae, Where to Now, oils and fabric, 36 x 48, 2015
  • Susan Derrick, Flux, 12 x 9 in, plaster and acrylic paint
    Susan Derrick, Flux, 12 x 9 in, plaster and acrylic paint
  • Susan Derrick, Evolution
    Susan Derrick, Evolution
  • Flora Ramírez Bustamante, Vowel-ing 111 (Emoción/Emotion), Recycled paper, vinyl paint, ink, gesso, and writing instrument on handmade paper, 28 x 11 inches (33 x15 inches framed), 2015-2016
    Flora Ramírez Bustamante, Vowel-ing 111 (Emoción/Emotion), Recycled paper, vinyl paint, ink, gesso, and writing instrument on handmade paper, 28 x 11 inches (33 x15 inches framed), 2015-2016
  • Anna Macrae, Excursion Part 1, 36 x 48, oils on cardboard, 2015
    Anna Macrae, Excursion Part 1, 36 x 48, oils on cardboard, 2015
  • Susan Derrick, Reverie, 24 x 18 in, plaster and acrylic paint
    Susan Derrick, Reverie, 24 x 18 in, plaster and acrylic paint
  • Flora Ramírez Bustamante, View, Collage, gesso, house paint and vinyl paint on paper, 22 3/4 x 15 inches (24 x 17 ¾ inches framed), 2015
    Flora Ramírez Bustamante, View, Collage, gesso, house paint and vinyl paint on paper, 22 3/4 x 15 inches (24 x 17 ¾ inches framed), 2015
  • Flora Ramírez Bustamante, Self-portrait 2015 (No. 0003), Collage, shellac, enamel, vinyl paint and acrylics on recycled and rice paper, 13 x 6 1/2 inches (17x17.5 inches framed), 2015
    Flora Ramírez Bustamante, Self-portrait 2015 (No. 0003), Collage, shellac, enamel, vinyl paint and acrylics on recycled and rice paper, 13 x 6 1/2 inches (17x17.5 inches framed), 2015
  • Anna Macrae, De Tension, 42 x 62, oils, pastels, and mixed media, 2015
    Anna Macrae, De Tension, 42 x 62, oils, pastels, and mixed media, 2015
  • Anna Macrae, Gentrification, 40 x 30, 2016
    Anna Macrae, Gentrification, 40 x 30, 2016

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.