Vampires, Angels and Freaky Things with Wings

Okay, so I have a little confession to make…I was totally freaked out by the witch in the Wizard of Oz. Ironically, the flying monkeys…I loved. Of course I was always into freaky weird things with wings; Vampires, demons, dragons (especially, Ghidora the three headed dragon in one of those Godzilla movies I watched as a kid). As for angels…I was cool with them too…they just need to be stoic and/ or heroic but definitely not fluffy.

In this class you’re going to pick your favorite flying thing (or something you’d like to fly) and create a little scene where it can stretch its wings. Discarded toys and found objects combined into something wild and wonderful using the process of assemblage. Best yet, using a very simple pulley system, we will make your creatures take flight…well at least flap their wings.

Sort of reminds me of the flying monkey theme song…you remember, don’t you? “Up, Up and Away in My Beautiful Baboon”. I know, I know, I’ve stepped over the line for bad puns…I just couldn’t resist.

About the Instructor

Michael deMeng is an assemblage artist from Vancouver, Canada who exhibits throughout the United States. As an educator, he has been actively involved with VSA Montana, providing art education and encouraging participation in the arts to people with disabilities. Through these activities, as well as his artwork, deMeng fosters community awareness, and offers creative methods to explore the human experience.

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.

These assemblages are metaphors for the evolutions and revolutions of existence: from life to death to rebirth, from new to old to renewed, from construction to destruction to reconstruction. These forms are examinations of the world in perpetual flux, where meaning and function are ever-changing.

Optional Events

June 9 – BBQ in the Boonies

Nothing says summer like BBQ, so Katherine will be hosting a little shindig at the Engen Estate, where we can thoroughly enjoy the environs of the ever-picturesque Valley Ridge.  Have some chow, jibber jabber with friends and swoon to the dance of the frolicking fireflies. (optional, $20)

June 10 – Dumpster Diviner

Here is your chance to become the Duke or Duchess of Debris.  We are going to have an assemblage/collage free for all. All participants will be given bits, bobbles, and scraps and in an allotted time create something wild and weird and/or wonderful.  The winner will receive a piece of original art jointly created by Andrea and myself.(included in registration fee)