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DOUGLASS TRUTH - 2nd Reception & Performance, ´2024 - A Story From

March 15, 2019
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Price: FREE
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Artists' Studio in the Foothills (ASiF)
940 Idaho Maryland Road
Grass Valley, CA 95945
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Event ID: 192944
Phone: 530.274.7000
Email: amandapaoletti.asif@gmail.com
Web: http://asifstudios.com
Second Reception & 2024 - A Story from the Future Storytelling Performance

"Thank you for coming to the year 2024 with me. Back in 2019, when I put together my 5-year plan to save the world, things were a bit rough. We were always on the edge of hope, fear, disaster, salvation. To be perfectly honest with you, I wasn't unshakably optimistic about the prospects for my plan. If you remember, things were pretty shaky with regard to the climate and wars and inequality and the environment and so on. One questioned whether we humans knew what we were doing or not. I myself was absolutely torn with doubts and fears. But now that 2024 is here, and us with it, we can just relax into the moment and say to everyone including ourselves: Here We Are. It is quite wonderful, without a doubt, that this is so. My plan did fail, it is true. But we have persevered. And I think we should celebrate that.

In that spirit, I propose to tell you the story of how I survived the Event of 2023. And, further, to regale you with tales of my subsequent travels, trials, wonders, and tribulations, which involved my new friends, Tom, Ant, Edith, Barry, Mirabel, Vince, and more, only one of whom is a human person. My very best friends are animals. And together we make the epic journey that, even in the distant future, will be well-known only as: 2024."

BIOGRAPHY - Born in 1953 in Indianapolis, Indiana, into a family famous for its lawyers, Douglass Truth was cursed from the beginning with a heightened sensibility combined with very poor taste. Attempts at remedial education throughout the years have met with uncertain results, leaving him with a reputation as mixed as his media.

He has worked as a civil engineering designer and surveyor during the pipeline years in Alaska, a dishwasher, a waiter, a chef, building dismantler, English teacher, a software salesman in Taiwan. He owned and operated a graphic design and silkscreen company, Flying Turtle Graphics. Truth began painting in 1996, and has been represented by galleries in California, Arizona, Indiana, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

After a serious illness in 1998 Truth closed his Tshirt business in order to devote himself entirely to painting and writing. "After such a confrontation, or voyage, or whatever it was," he said, "you find out what is really important to you. I found that out, and am fortunate enough now to be able to try to do it."

He was a founding member and president of the board (2002-2006) of the Storefront Artist Project in Pittsfield, MA. He wrote and published three books, I Am A Dog, Revolution of Flowers, and Everything I Know About Death (Subject to Verification.) His show An Intimate Evening with Death, Herself has been shown coast to coast since 1995 in over 100 performances. Truth is working on a new performance piece entitled 2024 - My 5-Year Plan And Why It Failed.

Truth lives in Nevada City, California.

Douglass shares insights on the origins of his work - In my paintings, writings, and performances, the harlequin, the clown, the watchers, giant stone heads, the flower people and the black dogs show up to point out, in ways difficult or impossible to articulate or modulate in our normal signaling fashion, from which directions we might be coming from, and what choices we might have going forward. I certainly believe in otherworlds, underworlds, multiworlds, and so on, but I also think we're there now and have never been anywhere else. Our vision lapses into a routine. The real mystery one of them, at least is what's really going on all the time all around us. Here in a gallery, in the corner grocery store, our kitchen, our places of work, the cities and towns and countrysides in which we somehow, miraculously, find ourselves living right now. It's all alive and it never ceases to speak to us.
 
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