1603 Pandosy St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A8
You're invited to meet Michael deMeng, the amazing Assemblage Artist behind the 'Mythologizing the Mundane' exhibition, hanging on our Feature Wall from October 1st - November 30th, 2019.
"Of all the things in this wide, wild world, I have found myths and legends to be the most inspirational source material. My first introduction came in the form of movies like Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts, stop animation films filled with wondrously strange worlds abounding with odd entities such as multi-armed deities, cyclopean beasts, and snake-headed gorgons. After that I was hooked. I read everything I could on the topic…no matter the culture. Many years later as an adult, I am still drawn to these concepts. Artistically, I have found these tales wonderful springboards for creativity. After all, artistic expression like many heroic tales is a journey into the unknown; the artist’s job is to go to secret land and retrieve something magical to share. To explore this topic, I use the process of assemblage in which found objects are reimagined, reconstructed, and reborn into a new existence. Transformation is a key aspect to many myths and legends, so the concept of giving a new life to the discarded seems aptly appropriate. I suppose you might consider me a mythologizer of the mundane."
Michael deMeng is an assemblage artist from Vancouver, Canada who exhibits and teaches throughout the world. He has three books exploring his methods, Secrets of Rusty Things, Dusty Diablos, and the Art Abandonment Project, published by NorthLight Books.
In his art, he addresses issues of transformation. Discarded materials find new and unexpected uses in his work; they are reassembled and conjoined with unlikely components, a form of rebirth from the ashes into new life and new meaning. Often using myth and legends as source material, Michael use his assemblages as metaphors for the evolutions and revolutions of existence: from life to death to rebirth. These forms are examinations of the world in perpetual flux, where meaning and function are ever-changing.