Tuesday, May 27, 2008

What can a typewriter yeild?

As promised...I said I would show what became of that old Corona typewriter. Looks a bit different eh?

I've been on sort of a vampire theme lately. Perhaps because of my recent music acquisitions. As many of you know, I have some residual Goth-ish tendencies, and lately I have been listening to the Kronus Quartet playing Phillip Glass's new soundtrack to the Bela Lugosi Dracula.

Along the same theme I also purchased some nice little treats from Jill Tracy (a nice cabaret style goth), and she is great solo but she and the Malcontent Orchestra put together a soundtrack for the vampire films to end all vampire films...or to begin all vampire films...Nosferatu.

In any event the music seemed to influence the theme and the Rudyard Kipling book of poems "the Vampire" laying about, didn't hurt either.

So I entitle this new typewriter inspired piece: Blood Type.... get it? Okay bad pun.

Sweet dreams....

Friday, May 23, 2008

a few workshops on the horizon

Howdy gang...
a little biz to take care of...
I'm teaching some workshops in the the next few months that might be of interest to some of ya'all...(I just got back form the south).

Boston area
Absolutely Everything
Topsfield, MA
May 30th - June 1st 2008

I'm teaching "I want to paint like Mike", Morpheus Box, and Transparency Collage-seemblage

Stamp Act
Marshfield, MA
June 7th - 8th 2008
I'll be doing the gool al' reliable Pez dispensing Tetem class, and Head Sea

Then off to Colorado in July
Artists' Nook
Fort Collins, CO
July 18th -20th 2008
In this bunch of classes I'll be doing a 2 day Found Object Alchemy class, the Morpheus Box Class, and the Transparency Collage-ssmeblage class (a.k.a. I can see clearly now)

Hope to see you guys there...


Next post will be what ever became of all those typewriter parts from the previous post....stay tuned.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

To create you must destroy

Its a beautiful day in Missoula. Everything has turned a vibrant green overnight. So what is one to do on such a nice day when you're not inspired to go inside the studio and work. Well, if it were me, first thing I would do is hook up with my buddy Tim for lunch and a few India Pale Ales, on the deck of the Old Post Pub. Now this , as you would imagine , leads me to being less inspired to go to work. So off to see an exhibit of abstract expressionists at the University of Montana...deKooning, Kline and an early Pollack highlight the exhibit.I head home to do some work, but I just can't seem to get into my groove today. I dink around for a few minutes...then I decide I'll go see Iron Man. I have to say I never read the comic but it looked cool, plus Robert Downey Jr. is always good and cynical.So the show was great mindless fun, yet quite inspiring, watching the main character, Tony Stark busy inventing the Iron Man outfit. It made me want to be an inventor....like Nikola Tesla...who was way cool...and David Bowie did a pretty good impersonation in the film The Prestige.So, I'm back at the studio, wanting to invent something but alas my brain is in a different mindset. I decide since I can't create I shall destroy. Nothing like a little destruction to get the cobwebs out. What to dismantle?
Ah yes Typewriters! For those you who have never experienced the process of dismantling a typewriter, lets just say that it is a bit complex...especially if you have any intent on rebuilding it....which, of course I don't. The interior of a typewriter looks something like this. Don't forget the twenty million screws.
Those of you who may be squeamish at the sight of the antiques being dismembered might want to close your eyes. Some have certain ethics about taking such things apart...I however do not. Its time has passed...now it is mine (evil villain laugh).
It begins with a screwdriver and bit by bit the pieces are removed.
Some parts are a bit stubborn....time to pull out the Dremel and let the sparks fly.....woooohoooo!A desolate landscape left behind, but to me it is pure treasure...hundreds of little goodies and trinkets left behind for me to play with.
And of course there is the Holy Grail ...not sure what the technical name is, but it is I always the best piece.I know exactly what I want to do. Now I am inspired. Now I can get some work done.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Robert Rauschenberg 1925-2008

I tip my brush....
One of the greats of the Art world passed on this week. Robert Rauschenberg. He was one of my primary influences when starting my long hard slog to being an artist. It was years ago (high school, in fact) when I say my very first Rauschenberg work at S.F.Moma. It was what he called a combine...what I call assemblage.

combine - Any painted assemblage that is neither simply painting or sculpture, but rather a hybrid or interdisciplinary painting-sculpture. The term "combine" was coined by Robert Rauschenberg.

where as assemblage is defined as this:

assemblage sculpture - A three-dimensional composition made of various materials found objects, paper, wood, and textiles

Now, I admit that according to the definition, the term combine might be more correct in describing my work than assemblage...but only by a nose...besides, assemblage (assemblahhhhhzzzzzhhhhh) has a nicer ring to it. To each his own.
I can't tell you what an effect his work and others like him had on me. You might say: but it looks nothing like your work. But once upon a time my work was more like his than it was like mine. The reason was that when I was in Art School I dabbled in abstract expressionism. I was fascinated by texture of paint, and how paint was able to mix with other textures as well as actual objects. This exploration allowed me to use my paint the way I do today....because of his influence, I was inspired to understand what paint actually does, what it is as a physical, tactile element,and how it relates to foreign objects. There were others who inspired me in this regard, in particular, such as Anselm Kieffer, but I think Rauschenberg was the first to show me that paint and found object art can work together.

"think a painting is more like the real world if it's made out the real world."
Robert Rauschenberg

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

deMeng's Class Music on Itunes!

Okay...so a number of my students really like my playlists during my workshops and wanted a way to access some of the music. So someone in my class at Art/Soul VA mentioned putting together a IMix on Itunes...duh. Of course! The lightbulb went on and I quickly created a list for everyone to enjoy

While much of my playlist is available, the obscure titles or title not for sale on the Itunes are not included. I have two different IMixes. Michael deMeng's Mix-ssemblage Numero Uno and then of course Numero Dos. Each list has about 30 or 40 songs (there are about 5 pages to peruse) so pick and choose what you like.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

the skinny on Bali

Join Michael and Judy on a collaborative Bali workshop.

"Temple of Dreams"

An 8 day life altering experience...not to mention 5 days of intensive art workshops with Michael deMeng and Judy Wilkenfeld.

March 11-19 2009

In this class, "TEMPLE OF DREAMS" Judy Wilkenfeld and Michael deMeng are teaming up for a Balinese art workshop experience. Our concept was to come up with a workshop where students could experience both of our unique teaching styles and create a unified piece of art from the process.

The Workshop:
It was important for us to design a project that had a definitive relationship to Balinese culture. One of the most profound images in Balinese culture is the Meru; the multi-tiered, pagoda style temple. It symbolizes the world (or cosmic) mountain and is composed of several odd numbered tiers (no more than 11) that reach toward the sky. This is the form we will be using in class…though admittedly, much smaller, so that it could be transported in a suitcase.

In class we will be building a mixed media/assemblage meru that will have the ability to be opened at each tier. Inside students will create a sacred space for dreams and wishes. The interior space will be created using the methods of assemblage, collage, and painting. Perhaps it is a home for your dreams, perhaps it is a home for your sacred thoughts. In the end you leave learning a variety of techniques from two artists to create your own Temple of Dreams.

What is included in the workshop fee:

  • A 5-day intensive workshop with Michael and Judy
  • 8 nights of double occupancy accomodations at Apakabar Villas; www.apakabarvillas.com
  • A day trip to to Ubud, the culture arts center of Bali- with lunch included.
  • We will be making efforts to schedule a reading with Mr. Ketut Lyier, the medicine man and to visit Wayan, the healer mentioned in Elizabeth Gilbert's best selling book, "Eat, Pray, Love" http://www.elizabethgilbert.com/faq.htm#FAQ
  • Group snorkeling, beach excursion
  • A private one 1 hour massage
  • An evening of Traditional Balinese Dance Performance
  • Balinese temple excursion and ceremony with the priests
  • A magnificent hike through the nearby river valley, past rice patties and local villages
  • Time for swimming and enjoying the pool and grounds of Apakabar Villa's restaurant
  • Daily, fresh prepared breakfast and dinner at Apakabar Villa restaurant
  • All transportation to and from excursions during the workshop week
  • Transportation to and from the airport at Dempasar, Bali.

*Arcangelo Productions reserves the right to make changes in the itinerary if needed to due weather or other circumstances beyond our control.

What is NOT included in the workshop fee
-air transportation
-any food, beverages or meals not specified in the itinerary
-gratuities to Apakabar Villa staff
-required workshop supplies
-There may be a kit fee for this retreat to help minimize the need travel with larger materials. This is to be announced.


Please Note Apakabar Villas does offer a lanai-style Cafe

Please Note Apakabar Villas does offer a lanai-style CAFE serving lunch daily as well as alcohol and other edible delights during the workshop.

As noted these items are not included in the tuition price but are available for the group convenience.

This workshop is being hosted by Stacey and Rob of Archangelo Productions (also hosts of my Cortona, Italy workshop),so its sure to be a great experience and is very professionally run.
Email: arcangeloproductions@gmail.com
Phone, Bali workshops: 503.381.2434