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  • Lancaster Museum of Art and History 665 W Lancaster Blvd Lancaster, CA 93534 (map)


Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH)

Opening Reception Saturday August 10th 4-6pm
On Display through October 20, 2019

LA Painting is a celebration of material, mark-making, and the human experience, boasting exhibitions curated by writer Cooper Johnson in the Main Gallery, an immersive collaboration between painter Kaye Freeman and performance artist Amy Kaps in the East Gallery, and 49 artists from the Circle of Truth project, created by Shane Guffogg and Laura Hipke, in the South Gallery. Three-dimensional kaleidoscopic works by David Allan Peters are on display, as well as a site-specific installation by Erika Lizée that spans the three floors of the MOAH lobby atrium. Highlights from MOAH’s permanent collection are also featured throughout the museum.

Circle of Truth
Curated by Laura Hipke and Shane Guffogg

Shane Guffogg, Lisa Adams, Margaret Lazzari, Jim Morphesis, Alison Van Pelt, Matthew Thomas, John Scane, Michelle Weinstein, Vohn Sumner, Ruth Weisberg, Stanley Dorfman, Kim Kimbro, Charles Arnoldi, Ron Griffin, Doro Hofmann, Paul Ruscha, Randal Cabe, Rhea Carmi, Dan Lutzick, Daniel Peacock, Susan Mcdonnell, Lynn Hanson, Michael Rosenfeld, Bari Kumar, Juan Carlos Munoz Hernandez, Andy Moses, Tim Isham, Cheryl Ekstrom, Greg Colson, Alex Gross, Gary Panter, Justin Bower, Lita Albuquerque, Kim Abeles, Deborah Martin, Jeff Colson, Eddie Ruscha, Billy Al Bengston, Christopher Monger, Todd Williamson, Jimi Gleason, Mark Licari, Virginia Broersma, Bruce Richards, Rives Granade, Robert Williams, Cal Lane, Lisa Bartleson, Ed Rucscha

Deborah Martin, #35 The Key, The Circle of Truth Project

Deborah Martin, #35 The Key, The Circle of Truth Project

Circle of Truth Essay

In dreams, dead birds can symbolize a loss of freedom. Various cultures view birds either as a way the soul is carried to heaven, or, in the case of vultures, ravens and crows, as a symbol of death. The dead bird is often used to represent the death of one's spirit in literature.

The hummingbird symbolizes many different concepts. Because of its speed, the hummingbird is known as a messenger and stopper of time. It is the only creature that can stop dead while traveling at full speed.

Hummingbirds are also a symbol of love, joy, and beauty.

It has been said that the hummingbird-the tiniest of all birds brings a special message to us. The hummingbird is able to fly backwards, teaching us that we can look back on our past. This bird also teaches us that we must not dwell on our past; we need to move forward. When the hummingbird hovers over flowers while drinking nectar, we learn that we should savor each moment, and appreciate the things we love.

Skeleton keys represent talismans that can get one through a time of change. The skeleton key or passkey is a powerful symbol as this key can open more than one lock.

The key placed in the door is a symbol of hope for the future and freedom of choice to move forward and appreciate the spirit of life.

- Deborah Martin

Circle of Truth Exhibition Catalog
Foreword by: Randy Hipke
Preface by: Paul Ruscha

More Info: Circle of Truth Project Catalogue

Earlier Event: February 14
Later Event: August 23
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