Palimpsests II Shift Gallery Group Show: 10/10 – 1/8


Oct. 10, 2013 – Jan. 8, 2014
Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Pl  Seattle, WA 98101

Liz Patterson, Curator

“Palimpsest has layers of meaning and interpretation throughout history. Today, it is often used as an abstract process by architects or archaeologists who are tracing the history of a location or layering of the past. But it can also mean marking into a surface in a lasting way. Or bridging links over time of ideas and processes.

This show plays with these interpretations in multiple ways. One aspect relates to the blending/making ambiguous text and mark-making on canvas. Also apparent, is distance created within a work between a “figure” and “ground”. This concept has been explored throughout the history of art starting early in the 20th century, and this construction of meaning through destruction- starting with the Post-Impressionists-Divisionists.

What we at Shift find fascinating is the space that is between: do the marks-text create space/depth (a-posteriori) or do they inhabit space (a-priori). Through innovative means, this body of work dances between these modes of space.”

Liz Patterson, Curator