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Kirkland Arts Centre's Exhibit 'Off the Map' Opens February 12


Off the Map
February 12 - March 10, 2010
Curated by Jill Hardy

Artists: Scott Bailey, Liz Hickok, Maya Lin, Matthew Picton,
Jane Tsong, Claude Zervas, Hugo Solis and Bruce Hemingway

Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 11, 6 - 8:30 PM

Exhibition Lecture: Henry Art Gallery
Friday, February 26, 7 PM

Off the Map is part of KAC's Emerging Curator Initiative

What is it that is so intriguing about maps? Their ability to reveal what is too large to see, or too abstract to perceive is a nearly universal source of wonderment. Even though cartography is typically thought of as an objective, scientific process, the ability to exclude or display information reveals the inherent subjectivity associated with map-making.

Drawn to the combination of science and subjectivity, artists reflect a universal cognitive and cultural need to visual the space around us. With new exploration and discovery come new forms of map-making and new kinds of maps. Recognizing our increasing dependency on maps, the artists in Off the Map present alternative perspectives and reveal significant relationships that are otherwise too obscure to see, visualizing the connectivity in our world and simultaneously make the unknown more rational.

The Emerging Curator Initiative is a collaborative venture shared between Kirkland Arts Center (KAC) and the University of Washington's Museology Graduate Program. The Initiative serves a common goal: to offer a graduate student the opportunity to plan and execute an exhibition hosted in the KAC Gallery, as part of the student's thesis project. Once selected, the student works closely with representatives of both organizations to shape their concept, define their inquiry, and connect that framework to artwork that expresses it.

An exhibition catalog is being printed in association with the exhibition Off the Map. Production of this catalog has been generously supported by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.

620 Market Street
Kirkland, WA 98033

Kirkland Arts Center is located at the corner of 7th Avenue & Market Street in Kirkland.

Hours for the Kirkland Arts Center Gallery are Monday through Friday,
11 AM to 6 PM; Saturdays, 11 AM to 5 PM and second Thursdays until 8 PM.
The Gallery is free and open to the public.


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