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The Art Abandonment Project

Create and Share Random Acts of Art

By Michael deMeng and Andrea Matus deMeng

You’ll love this art book if:

  • You want to learn about the Art Abandonment movement
  • You’d like ideas for monthly art prompts
  • You’re looking for examples of abandoned art and the creative people who made it

The Art Abandonment Project by Michael deMeng and Andrea Matus deMeng explores the idea of expressing yourself through random acts of art. Art abandonment is creating something for the pleasure of making it, and then leaving it for an unsuspecting person to discover. Become an “abandoneer,” and leave your art on a table at a coffee shop, at your local library, or anywhere else a stranger may come across it. Experience the joy of sharing art with others by connecting with the Art Abandonment community!

This art book serves to not only introduce you to the Art Abandonment movement and how it works, but also to help inspire your works as an abandoneer. Enjoy art prompts in the form of monthly challenges, examples of art from other abandoneers in action, an exploration of alternative forms of art abandonment, and much more. Whether you’ve been an abandoneer for quite some time or are just starting out, this book is sure to help you open your mind to the freeing nature of art abandonment.

In The Art Abandonment Project you’ll find:

  • Ideas and inspiration for monthly abandoning challenges
  • Examples of abandoned art, and stories of the artists as well as the “finders”
  • Helpful encouragement for letting go of your creations

A word from the author:

“We all know that you don’t have to be an artist to appreciate art, but I do believe that exposure to the arts is invaluable in helping everyone gain a deeper appreciation for what the artist contributes to society.” —Andrea Matus DeMeng

About the authors:

Michael deMeng is a Vancouver, British Columbia artist who travels the world teaching and creating mixed-media shrines and deMenged toys out of discarded detritus. He shows and exhibits his unique style of assemblage in galleries throughout the world. He has written two books relating to his craft and creative process: Secrets of Rusty Things and Dusty Diablos.

Andrea Matus deMeng is a visual artist living in Vancouver, British Columbia. You can often find her along with her very talented husband sketching and mulling over ideas at local coffee shops.

Andrea exhibits internationally as well as teaches her unique combination of painting, collage and sculpture. Not one to be afraid of color, Andrea’s work, projects and workshops all revolve around the fusion of pattern and design with vivid colors.

Contents:

What’s So Important about Art Abandonment Anyway?

Where It All Began

How to Be an Abandoneer

Monthly Challenges

Abandoneers in Action

Why We Love To Abandon Art

Abandonments of Other Sorts

Setting Art Free

Namaste

Index

About Michael and Andrea

SKU GROUP-U3804-U3808
Author/Speaker/Editor Michael deMeng and Andrea Matus deMeng
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Sharing art is alive and well. Review by Janene
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I've long been associated with mail art and artists, as well as the concept of leaving art behind for people to find. This book is right up my alley and gives first hand peeks into other artist's methods and thought processes. I found it entertaining and inspiring. The photography is good, it is well written and broader in range than I expected. Don't expect this to be a how to book with a formula to follow or instructions. This is not a criticism. It's strength is in introducing the reader to interesting people with their own personal experiences passing along their art in unexpected ways. Some are a bit quirky. I like that.

(Posted on 5/8/14)

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