Shane Guffogg #1 in the Circle of Truth
Shane Guffogg is not only the co-curator of the Circler of Truth he also created the first painting. The “Telephone Game” always starts with a story and there was a great deal of thought that went into the starting point for the Circle of Truth. It was decided that Shane should paint “Truth”. Take a moment and think about that. If you were going to paint “Truth” what would it look like? Seeing Shane’s “Truth” painting was the first big thrill of the project. The other 48 canvases were still blank and we had no idea what would happen once the project was released into the wild.
Find Shane Guffogg’s amazing essay about his painting, #1 in the Circle of Truth. Here
Greg Colson responded to Cheryl Simon Ekstrom's painting in the Circle of Truth art exhibition. Cheryl used plaster and paint in her offering pure white and thickly applied to the linen. She wanted it to disintegrate over time-to crack and fall off the linen. When Shane Guffogg and I went to pick up the project from Greg he was very eager to get Cheryl’s painting into our hands again. Saying, "I was afraid it would fall apart before
Todd Williamson #40 in the Circle of Truth Project Art Exhibition, is one of the artists who made the trip to the opening at The New Museum, Los Gatos Numu Los Gatos on October 18th. Todd is a charismatic artist who reaches out to other artists and the global art community at every opportunity. When Shane and I dropped off the project in May of 2012, Todd's Hollywood studio was filled to the brim with paintings of all sizes and colors with a singular focus. The pulse of something deeply…
Wow! Andy Moses in the Circle of Truth Project art exhibition. This painting makes you stop in your tracks. It is so luminous and beautiful. I watched people at the opening looking at it from all angles taking in the motion and depth of it. Andy’s painting caused an important zig zag in the course of the project - inspiring rebellion in the artists that followed.
Ed Ruscha painted the last painting in the Circle of Truth project. After nine years Shane Guffogg and I stood in Ed's studio to retrieve the project for the last time. Looking back there are so many moments that come to mind, but if I had only one thing that I could talk about, it would be how much I admire and respect the artists who took up the challenge of this project. These 49 artists were
Thanks a million to Lucius Hudson, Company for providing the 49 beautiful aluminum strainers with linen canvas! They were the topic of many conversations with the artists.
Dan Lutzick actually removed the linen and used the beautiful aluminum strainer as part of his response piece.
Robert Williams painting offers the viewer a wealth of things to wonder about. Robert was among the last few artists on our "wish list" for the project. He is well known for his multi faceted paintings and irreverent approach to…..well most everything he creates. Robert is a maverick and founder of Juxtapoz Magazine.
Delivering the crate to Robert was an experience in itself. Robert and his wife Suzanne…
… “Coffee Talk”, (one of the perks of membership at the museum) was held in the afternoon before the opening and Lisa reminded all the attendees that Michael Andrew Rosenfeld is the artist that had “that show” with the “GIANT dirigibles”, a collective aaaahhh was heard in the room. The story that goes with…
The 49 artists in the Circle of Truth worked in secret, deprived of information, including the identity of the other artists so Paul Ruscha (#16 in the Circle) did not know that his friend Doro Hofmann (#15 in the Circle) created the painting that he was responding to.
An excerpt from Paul's essay
"I got the feeling from the painting that…
We were drawn to Matthew's work through an exhibition announcement in Visual Art Source in 2009. Matthew is an incredibly gracious artist with an inner peace that is mesmerizing. Matthew's studio was at Angels Gate CulturalCenter back then. When we delivered the crate with the
A shout out to Graham Howe, at Curatorial Assistance, who providing the amazing crate for the Circle of Truth. The crate is the one part of the show that went into each of the 49 studios. The crate held 2 canvases, one was the painting by the previous artist and the other was a blank canvas for the next artist to use when creating their response. The ingenious design of the crate allowed us to safely ship the wet paintings back and forth across the United States. It traveled more than 22,000 miles over the course of the project and preformed flawlessly!