Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Michael Demeng at The Upstart Crow

The internet is such a wondrous playground for random, non linear people. This is a listing for a class that could be stocked with basically the contents of my  current house as I pack up what's truly important for my impending move to Vancouver Island. Not exactly true but contains some elements of truth as I tend to be a bit of a packrat always in search of shiny or otherwise interesting objects to bring back to my lair.

The name of the artist is Michael Demeng and he sometimes workshops at 

Note to self:  When on the coast do drop by this way cool funky shop!  Michael Demeng comes to B.C. occasionally to do this class and one called 'Through the Looking Glass.'  It's called The Upstart Crow.

Patron Saint of Discarded Things
As far I as know, there is no such thing as a Saint or Deity of Discarded Things, which is a pity because there are many like me who wander the highways and byways looking for bits of detritus to incorporate into artwork. Seems like an activity worthy of guidance or protection. In fact I recall one instance where I was traveling in Oaxaca, Mexico, in a large van with ten or so students. On the side of the road we passed a large dumpsite filled with oxidized goodies…and all of a sudden everyone in the van started oohing and ahhhing. The driver looked a bit bewildered, and wondered what in the world a bunch of gringos would find so interesting about an orange-ish/red heap of metal. Little did he know that to us, it was as if we came across the Holy Grail. The possibilities of creation were endless.

In this class, we are going to create a found object patron, saint or deity that will aid in our artistic endeavors of finding and re-creating from discarded things. Using some sort of structure to build on (such as an iron, a shoe, a phone, a shadow box…just about anything), we will create a place for our effigy to watch over our undertakings. This shrine will be filled with all sorts of unusual elements as adornment but will also serve as a place to add future bits of randomness.

Enrollment limited to 20 students.
Materials: A complete materials list will be sent upon registration.

OMG!  The artist is conducting a Day of the Dead workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico this year! 

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