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New Exhibition: Coyotes, Whiskey and Fireworks Coming to MOAH:CEDAR August 12

Post Date:08/10/2017

As part of the City’s ongoing efforts to encourage community engagement through the arts, the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) and MOAH:CEDAR have announced the exhibition Coyotes, Whiskey and Fireworks, a solo project featuring the work of multimedia artist Matt Picon. The exhibition will open with a public reception on Saturday, August 12 from 6 - 8 p.m. at MOAH:CEDAR.

In this exhibition, Picon revisits memories he formed while growing up in the Antelope Valley, and also shares the stories of other residents who came before him. The exhibition is based on historical research, observations, and the artist’s personal experiences. Through a series of sculptures and installations, Coyotes, Whiskey and Fireworks addresses the desert landscape, suburban development, homesteads, historical forms, as well as personal anecdotes.

In Picon’s sculptures, the passing of time, historical functions of objects, and collective memory all serve as focal points – both aesthetically and conceptually. His aesthetic derives inspiration from the Arte Povera (or “poor art”), movement of the 1960s, which focuses on modernity’s ability to erase our sense of memory -- relying on the use of everyday materials, both past and present, to manipulate the sense of passing time. The end result is sculptures with “relic-like” fragments which evoke ritual, artifacts, memory, and personal experiences.

Coyotes, Whiskey and Fireworks will be on display at MOAH:CEDAR (44857 Cedar Avenue) until September 23. Prior to the opening reception on August 12, MOAH:CEDAR will be “dark” until August 11, for the installation of the new exhibit. For additional information regarding this exhibition, and to learn more about MOAH and MOAH:CEDAR, visit www.lancastermoah.org.

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