Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by Jorg Dubin

Lancaster, CA. May 2, 2013-- Join the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) in celebrating its one-year anniversary on The BLVD with the museum- wide show: BLOOM 2013. The entire museum will be filled with eight new exhibits centered on growth, renewal and the beauty and complexity of the botanical world. From Penelope Gottleib's large-scale acrylic paintings of extinct plants to Jennifer Vanderpool and Patrick Melroy's site-specific installation based on flowers and aerospace technology, each artist interprets the role of the flower differently and asks the viewer to see the botanical world with new eyes. BLOOM 2013 is an ambitious program that inspires people to grow, change, and bloom while honoring springtime and the economic, artistic, and cultural growth on The BLVD.

In the Main Gallery: SuperCallaFragileMysticEcstasyDioecious highlights the work of four Los Angeles based artists who synthesize artistic and ecological concerns through the painting of flowers. Cole Case, Amir H. Fallah, Penelope Gottlieb and Roland Reiss bring disparate painting approaches and varying cultural associations together as an artistic response to today's fragile world condition.

In the Vault Gallery: Sharon Suhovy: Ambrosia Sharon Suhovy sculpts sumptuous three dimensional paintings with cake-frosting utensils. Her sculptures often reflect structures that are familiar in historical architecture and almost always include the use of classic flowers like the rose as a metaphor for beauty.

Lobby Atrium Installation: Jennifer Vanderpool and Patrick Melroy: Astro Flowers

This site-specific installation re-contextualizes the historic propaganda of the Cold War Space Race, imagining an alternative history that subverts patriarchal, nationalistic imagery with botanical iconography -- the rocket ship for the flower. Thematically, the work acknowledges Lancaster's role in space technology, while in a tongue and cheek manner suggesting that the beautification of space is as worthy a goal as manifest destiny is to unknown galaxies and global dominance.

Atrium Gallery at Top of Stairway: Elena Manferdini installs a site-specific work as a new addition to the MOAH permanent collection, made possible by The Lancaster Museum and Public Art Foundation.

Second Floor East Gallery: Rebecca Niederlander: We are Stardust. We are Golden. And We Have to Find our Way Back to the Garden. Rebecca Niederlander's art practice is founded in the relationship of the individual to the larger whole. Like organic shapes found in the natural and botanical world, her work contains an aesthetic of multiples, a commitment to the singular element and how it fits into a larger balanced context of many. Her works invite the viewer to participate on an active level by creating pieces of their own within the installation that add to the whole.

Second Floor Atrium Gallery: Kathleen Elliot: Living Flame

Kathleen Elliot lives in two worlds: the "real" one of luscious flora, fruits and vegetables and in her own personal Garden of Eden. Her delicate works in glass arose from a great love of plants, their life cycles, the beauty of all of their parts -- leaves, seed pods, flowers, bark, etc -- and the spiritual connection she feels when she is in nature.

Wells Fargo Gallery: Susan Sironi: Nothing Domestic

Susan Sironi's altered garden books are fantastical botanical dioramas. Leftover cuttings from her altered books form the basis for Sironi's "Garden Collage" series of mixed-media wall work. Romantic floral bouquets are overlaid with Sironi's handwritten stream of consciousness texts, which are modified and leave us to ponder the poetic content.

Second Floor Education Gallery: Janice Tieken: Orchid Requiem Tieken's photographs are a sensuous and detailed celebration of flowers that are in the process of fading rather than blooming. Her work provides a sober, yet beautiful account of a flower's life cycle and a visual connection to the fragility of life with an underlying promise of renewal.

Third Floor Sculpture Garden, on the MOAH Roof Deck: Wasteland: Turning Illegally Dumped Waste into Art. Featuring the flower sculptures of the Eastside High School Art Department made with found objects collected from illegal dumpsites in the Antelope Valley. The goal of Wasteland is to creatively teach—through hands-on art projects—as many students and community members as possible about the effects of illegal dumping on our beautiful desert ecosystem.

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