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Zära Monet Feeney: Royal Disillusion

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MOAH: CEDAR

44857 Cedar Avenue

Lancaster, CA 93534

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Zära Monet Feeney: Royal Disillusion

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There is a specific moment when we suspend our disbelief and are seduced by an illusion. When this happens, we are not looking at something, but looking at ourselves perceiving it.

This exhibition psychoanalyzes the horrors of our current pandemic, political warfare, personal trauma, and the mental delirium of quarantine. The paintings scintillate and fade between sinister and majestic, grotesque and imperial, exposing the emotional upheaval of cognitive dissonance and dissociation. Using obscured installation and subtle shifts of color and light temperature, the viewing experience becomes nuanced and introspective.

More broadly, the paintings also engage in a conversation with intersectional queer feminism, traditional voyeuristic compositions, the male gaze and socio-sexual empowerment issues. Aesthetically, they illuminate an Old Master style; the subjects are posed, the mood is dramatic, but they also exploit and contemporize it; the locus of composition is skewed, the light logic is reversed. Meticulously choreographing a dramatic dynamic between the subject and the space it occupies, the work is able to guide, critique and call into question the generic way a painting is received. The work is aimed to reify a psychological and reflexive viewing experience that ultimately transcends the viewer into an unknown consciousness.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: All attendees must adhere to the museum's rules, which includes no touching of any artwork, surfaces, or persons not in their immediate family. Each guest must wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth in accordance with the City of Lancaster's face covering ordinance (Ordinance No. 1074) and maintain a social distance of at least 6 ft from persons not in their immediate family group. In addition to these guidelines, the Lancaster Museum of Art and History has installed multiple hand sanitizer units near the main entrance, 1st and 2nd floor elevator doors, and throughout its galleries. Guest are encouraged to use these sanitizer stations frequently. The Museum will also be sanitized every hour with products approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Lancaster, CA 93534

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