Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Michael deMeng Social Distancing Assemblage Challenge #1

Michael deMeng Social Distancing Assemblage Challenge #1


Found Object Flora

Michael deMeng posted "Kim Gabriel recently posted some her crazy found object flora (amazing). So it seem like an appropriate challenge for everyone, given that Spring has sprung (hey you could even use springs). So make something that grows from the earth...that doesn't actually grow from the earth. Here's one that I made...this is from a tripod."

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So I got to work by heading down into the basement stash of assemblage crap to find what I thought I would need to get started. 


Here are the results of the assemblage portion of the work. 


Cocktail forks, nails and a piece of jewelry made the bloom


I had to decide how to attach the base of the plant to the "ground" and I selected what is essentially papier mache. 

 







So thus we have...Tulipa Furca Vos. 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

2020 03 Her Idea of Going to Heaven Probably Did Include Some Wild Storms

Her Idea of Going to Heaven Probably Did Include Some Wild Storms



In these time where we are feeling confined in our homes by the worldwide crisis, the advantage of being a hoarder of art supplies, assemblage parts and collage images means I can get to work on whatever I feel like.

This time, I felt like doing a collage in an assemblage box. It started with this old wood box I found in my stash--it had the obvious place for a collage to appear.


Here is how the collage came together. 






Despite its worn age and wood beauty, I decided the box needed to be painted black. 


Now the time came for adding things like this wood trim and all the things shown below in their final grace. 





And thus we have. Her Idea of Going to Heaven Probably Did Include Some Wild Storms. The title of this piece comes from an essay by Emma Donoghue titled You and Me from Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration and the Artistic Process edited by Joe Fassler.


Saturday, March 21, 2020

2020 03 21 Crystal Marie Neubauer's Short List of Collage Prompts--Results

Back on March 15, artist and teacher Crystal Marie Neubauer wrote the following:

"Hi everyone! Writing from our third day of Collage and the Intuitive Voice with lots of gluing and writing and connections happening here! If we’re all hunkering down in our own spaces for a while, what better way to pass the time then with paper and glue? Here is a short list of collage prompts for you. I’m challenging you to use it and post your work in the group throughout the coming days.

Fifty Shades of White
Seeing Red
Brown is the New Black
Fifty Shades of Being
Haiku
Wild Child
Unnatural
The Transformation Of Being

So, seeing as I had some time on my hands, I took up the challenge of the prompts!



Fifty Shades of White. Collage (20" x 20")

Seeing Red. Collage (9" x 6")

Fifty Shades of Being. Collage (12" x 9")

Haiku. Collage (9" x 6")

Wild Child. Collage (9" x 6")

Unnatural. Collage (9" x 6")

The Transformation of Being. Collage (9" x 6")

I want to thank Crystal for the leadership on this collage challenge. I had a lot of fun putting these together. 







Monday, March 2, 2020

2020 01 Ghost Riders: The Krewe du Ghoul with Michael deMeng, Part Three: My Projects

GHOST RIDERS – THE KREWE DU GHOULS

Michael deMeng Workshop sponsored by Katherine Engen ArtVentures

New Orleans, January-February, 2020

Mercy






Of Her Spirit's Grief She Never Spoke
At home, before the trip, I gathered these parts for this project

After some assemblage, I painted these parts up in NOLA

This is as far as the project got in NOLA

 Once I got the project home, I worked on some detail painting and the background.





And thus we have, Of Her Spirit's Grief She Never Spoke.




Exploring the Aftermath From the Perspective of the Living

At home, before the trip, I gathered these parts for this project

The dragster

The 2003 Racine County Jr Fastpitch Tournament 1st Place Trophy

I laid out the parts in NOLA

Some assemblage was required



This is as far as the project got in NOLA

Once I got the project home, I worked on some detail painting and added some Mardi Gras feathers. 




And thus we have, Exploring the Aftermath From the Perspective of the Living.