Michael deMeng Exhibition at Leir House Cultural Centre

Event Dates:
  • Fri September 24, 2021 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Sat September 25, 2021 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Sun September 26, 2021 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Thu September 30, 2021 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Fri October 1, 2021 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Michael deMeng’s Mythologizing the Mundane: New Meanings for Everyday Items

Michael deMeng is an assemblage artist from Vancouver, BC 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.

He is known for his unusual assemblage sculptures and paintings where discarded materials find new and unexpected uses as they are reassembled and conjoined with unlikely components, forming of rebirth from the ashes into new life and new meaning.

Often using myth and legends as source material, Michael uses 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.

From Penticton Arts Council Administrator Bethany Handfield, “We were so lucky to be able to secure this exhibition with Michael as he is normally off teaching around the world. This exhibition will feature sculptures from several of his series including Ramshackle Robots and his latest mask sculptures. This is not one to be missed.”

While most artists tend towards privacy and secrecy when discussing their techniques, de Meng couldn’t be more open about his artistic process. The artist is not only unguarded about discussing how and with what he makes his assemblages, he teaches workshops showing the very same processes that he utilizes to create their own works of art from scraps and junk- yard finds.
Lucky locals can take a version of one of Michael’s workshops with “Trash-sterpiece Theatre: Boxzilla” a recycle bin workshop. Workshop participants will have a private tours of the exhibition with deMeng.

From Michael, “Let’s make fine art from trash…well perhaps not “fine” art, but it will definitely be “fun” art. In this workshop we will create strange reptilian Box creatures with crazy pop-out eyes and mouth. This will be done using everyday items from your recycling bin. So, if you ever wanted to turn your garbage into fire breathing monsters (and who hasn’t?) this will be your opportunity.”

The exhibition and workshop are part of the Penticton Arts Council’s Arts Rising Festival. To see the full festival lineup, Michael’s exhibition, or to register for Boxzilla visit: www.pentictonartscouncil.com

September 24th to November 6th
PDCAC Gallery II at the Leir House Cultural Centre
In Person: Thursdays to Sundays, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm