Confluence Gallery Show explores assemblage as art

Ephraim Brown’s “The Final Breath” is part of the “En Masse” show opening Saturday at Confluence Gallery.

Confluence will feature its new show, “En Masse: An Assemblage Showcase,” April 13 through May 25 in the main gallery. The show opening will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The dictionary defines assemblage as: “a work of art made by grouping found or unrelated objects.” as well as “a collection or gathering of things … .” We are hoping for artists to express themselves on any subject matter by using a collection of parts and pieces in the work. The parts may be disguised or outright overt, but each work of art must be made by assembling parts to make a whole.

For Joanne Marracci, show committee board chairwoman and curator, this particular show combines media to tell a story. “It seems to be a terrific metaphor for life in general,” she said. “We take all these small individual experiences and in the end, we’ve created a whole unique life.”

In assemblage, the craft is in the combination of concepts. “I love how assemblage can draw you in to inspect the parts, then allow you to step back to see the whole,” Joanne said. “It offers a change in perspective — the micro to the macro in one piece of artwork.”

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Methow Valley-based writer/humorist Rose Weagant is the gallery program administrator for Confluence Gallery in Twisp.