Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Just wanted to let everyone know that the first 4 tarot prints are soon to be available. the are all signed and numbered (each one is limited to 500). I will be debuting them at the Vendor Day at Art Unraveled, and then they will be available at the online store All Things deMeng
So look for them sometime after the 12th of August. Of course this means that I will have to get cracking because I have 68 more to make...it might be a little bit, but for now here are the first four. Oh and they are on a heavy (card-like) and the edges are cut (like a card...in other words they don't have square corners, but rounded).
The High Priestess
hope you enjoy the sneak peak
Sorry, I've been so uninteresting lately...I've been dealing with some family stuff. Mom had a heart attack last week, fortunately everything is well and she is back to normal...luckily my dad was with her when it happened and managed to keep her going until the ambulance got there. Her dad died at 49 of a heart attack...so there is some pretty severe genetics going on there...I too need to take heed. All is well and she is out of the hospital and doing great. She actually looks better now than before the heart attack.
It's interesting how fragile life can be...if my dad wasn't there or whatever, the outcome could of been totally different. By the way the coat series on my site is about the fragility of the mortal coil. I did that series when my ex wife's mom collapsed. Fortunately she was fine but it made me realize how thin the line between life and death really is. I was reminded of this over the weekend.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Liquid Nails, but what many of you don't know is that I have been
actively trying to find a less toxic, more enviro-friendly substitute.
The more I teach the more I worry about these issues especially in a not
so well ventilated area. I think I may have found some solutions
at your local hardware store....
Here are my discoveries...beginning with the coolest.
It's Red Devil QuickPaint Caulk
A styrenated siliconized acrylic caulk specially formulated for the
paint contractor that's paintable in just 30 minutes! Higher solids
reduce shrinkage. Adheres to most surfaces. 40 year limited warranty.
Interior/exterior use. Water clean up.
----Red Devil dries white but has a similar texture as Golden Light
Molding Paste. As many of you know I used to use Liquid Nails as a
texture...I find this stuff is actually better.
Another option is
Dap Alex Fast Dry
also dries white...
If you want clear try Dap Quik Seal plus
Premium adhesive caulk with MICROBAN® Antimicrobal Product Protection
fights the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew on
the caulk. Specially formulated siliconized latex provides maximum
adhesion and flexibility for a watertight seal. Paintable. Easy water
clean-up. Low odor. Backed by a Crack-Proof Guarantee.
If you by the caulk gun size you will need to also buy a caulk
gun...don't worry they're cheap...4 bucks or so.
I'll be bringing these products to class instead of my lost love Liquid
Nail. I think you'll like them better
I know this may sound like heresy to those of you who know how I used to be
obsessed with Liquid Nails. Times change.
Also Golden makes some products you can try...like Heavy Gel
Medium...this will take a bit longer to dry though, but does dry rock
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
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Phone: 412.441.6005 • Tue – Fri 11-5:45 • Sat 11-5 • Sundays please phone
“armored, wrapped, & plugged-in by
Nancy McNary Smith, Cory Rockwood, & Michael deMeng”
Opening Reception & FirstFridayArtWalk 8.3.07, 6-9 pm
mixed media, ceramic sculptural retrospective by Nancy McNary Smith
shaped canvases w/ mixed media by Cory Rockwood
“Visions of Spring”, left “Dreaming of Eyes”, right
“creative outlets” by Michael deMeng
Monday, July 23, 2007
Yes, as Susie pointed out, very existential...
I hesitate to divulge any information this because it seems like some fairy tale where the objects that once named would cease to exist. I'm not sure if that is really from some fairy tale but, if it isn't, it should be.
On the other hand, I have heard theories that say the naming is what gives a thing existence and, for good or for bad, direction.
On the other hand the name is merely from the perspective of the other. One does not typically name one's self, so, is meaning only create outside of an object? After all it has always seemed to me that the self has more influence than the other. So, if this is the case then these things exist without ever being named.
On the other hand by divulging the identity of these objects from a place that doesn't exist then I would be reveling things that never really existed...and then I would have to question whether or not anything really exists outside of my experiences...its like Descarte's evil genius who creates a grand illusion that I call the universe.
Hmmm...what to do....hmmm.
Okay if the universe shatters because I reveal the objects from the place that doesn't exist, don't blame me. On the other hand, if the universe shatters, it may not really be shattering, it could be an illusion...what the hell...
Here's a photo of the objects that were collected.
Uh oh...well I warned you. Is it me, or did the universe just shatter?
Well you wanted an existential debate...you got one...though a bit weak...I could do better with more coffee and less heat.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
It had previously been known as "Taukwitch Rock" (by area pioneers) and allowing for many variants in spelling, "Tauquitz" is still its preferred name by rock climbers. According to Indian legends known throughout Southern California, it was believed to be home of the Nukat (an elemental creature of primal evil) "Tahquitz". Included in his activities, Tahquitz loved to do great harm to people and much enjoyed stealing them and/or their souls which he would then take home to eat. His home was said to appear to be a large rock from the outside but was transparent from the inside "and the people he has stolen can see out of it as plainly as we see through glass".
Kinda creepy....I knew there was a reason I liked this place.
Okay so here’s the deal...Idyllwild is a great place to chill. Not a lot of night life...but when you're on the go as much as I am...it's nice to relax. The people are great…and best yet they keep hooking me up with some great places to stay. Last year I had a really nice house in the woods complete with a Jacuzzi…unfortunately this time that house was sold but still the gave me a cool cabin…way too big for a lone dude like me, but it’s a nice change from the Embassy Suites I’m used to.
This time they gave me another nice place with a sense of humor. The downstairs is very stylish, yet with bits of cabin kitsch…you know the antler lamps and bear welcome mats. Now the bedrooms are a treat. There are four bedrooms. The room I chose to sleep in is the Wild West room. Pictures of Wild Bill and other Cow Pokes and Indian Chiefs adorn the wall. Longhorn bull horns hang over the bed.
A little quirky but if you had kids and were renting a cabin in the hills this would be pretty ideal. I would be all over the safari room….hey, it has pith helmet!
So here are some photos from class...as you can see the setting was pretty swell. This is probably my second favorite view from a classroom. The first being in Cortona Italy (which overlooked the Tuscan Valley...plus, my girlfriend, Judy was in that class). This was pretty nifty though.
I should mention that we had a dilemma before class began. All my boxes of junk...which were delivered a week prior...vanished. So a day before class, me and few other Idyllwild employees when searching for new junk. We went to the junkyard, second hand stores and places we weren't supposed to be...those places will remain nameless...because we were never there. You wouldn't believe the stuff we found...way better than what I sent. So the porch was filled with lots of goodies for the student to pick from. Not to mention we went on a little field trip to a 2nd hand store called the Help Center... great bargains.
As for the missing boxes...I think it was all Tahquitz's doing.All in all a great week. Got to hang with my buddy Bautista (Traci, that is), did a book signing, gave a slide talk, and finished the week with a martini party at the theme house for my students.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Just had a few moments, so thought I'd drop a line. In San Diego, been teaching some classes at Stamping Details. DiAnn the owner has been great as has the group of students. Though I used to live in the L.A./ Orange County area, its been quite a long time since I was last in S.D. In fact my last memory was of sailing in the harbor with my grandfather (the same one that I mention in my "notes from an alchemist" section of my book). I was in third grade. It was last time I was with my grandfather. I miss him still. He was one of those guys who never feared life...he lived every moment. Every moment I spent with him was an adventure. My parents were quite protective...he was the guy who would sneak me out an do all the fun against the rules stuff.
In fact...did you ever see The Royal Tenenbaums? The Gene Hackman character was like my
grandfather (lots of flaws but an amazing personality), in particular the scenes where he is sneaking out with his overly protected grandchildren, doing all the things that parents would cringe at...by the way if you haven't seen the film...you should.
Next stop Idyllwild....it will be a nice relaxing week up the in the mountains above Palm Springs.
I just bought a new camera...so I've been doing a little playing...here's a few photos.
Also, I know that there are a ton of Red Velvet groupies who visit my blog. It actually amazes me how many students come up to me and say..."I love your girlfriend's blog". So if you haven't been over there, you really should check it out. Judy just finished another visual anthology and yes it is, once again phenomenal. She is one amazing woman with quite a bit to say...and everything she says she says with all her heart. Kiss Kiss to Judy.
Monday, July 09, 2007
Here's another edition of deMeng's deMusic. In this episode:
I was talking to Traci Bautista the other night and she was headed to the Hollywood Bowl to see the Decemberists who were being accompanied by the L.A. Philharmonic. I was sooooooo jealous. I love these guys. Not to mention the leader of the band, Colin, is a Missoulian. I used to see him play at the local clubs, but in those days his band was called Tarkio. I'll see Bautista this weekend and find out the skinny...bet it was great!
In any event here's some samples:
Sons and Daughters
The Crane Wife 3
Saturday, July 07, 2007
All last week my pretty Aussie girlfriend has been battling a cold. Mind you, I'm not much of a healer, but I thought I'd whip up some virtual chicken soup. Get well xoxoxo.
I'm sure it is not as good as the stuff she makes, but its as good as I can do from over yonder.
Now speaking of doctors and nurses and Day of the Dead: those of you who have seen the movie Frida (if you haven't you need to rush of and see it...right this instant),
I should mention the Brothers Quay. They are the stop animators who did the scene with the skeleton toy doctor...love that scene...does that surprise you? Well you should check out some of their earlier creepier stuff.
There work is sort of like mine, or Jane Wynn, or Keith Lo Bue's but in motion.
Lots of doll heads and weird moving machines made of whatever, all in a creepy little scary storybook world. Check em out...but I'm telling you they can be a bit creepy...yes indeed....hehe...
here's a link to a nice collection of short fillms
The Brothers Quay Collection: Ten Astonishing Short Films 1984-1993