Art Abandonment

Peacock Masquerade ACEO (abandoned)
"... art is a great way to make people's lives richer..." 
- Michael DeMeng, artist

About a week ago Michael DeMeng started the facebook group Art Abandonment  after leaving a few of his unique sketches around Eugene, Oregon. 

photo courtesy of Michael DeMeng
In a recent blog post (click here to read), Michael talks about how he has left random bits of art here & there for years, in hopes that the pieces find a home. A week ago he started this facebook  group for anyone who want to play along - to create & abandon something on the off chance it finds the right person. In less than a week, the group has over 2,200 members (& growing). 

How does it work? Basically you make something, leave it somewhere (with a note stating that it is free for the taker) & post a photo in the facebook group. Taken from Mr. DeMeng's site:
  1. All you have to do is make a piece of art.  (as simple or as elegant as you like)
  2. Write a little note on it explaining that it is a gift 
  3. Also mention that if the finder would like to share info about its fate they can contact the FaceBook group by emailing ArtAbandonement@groups.facebook.com
  4. You should also leave you're web address contact info…you never know…you might have created a new patron.
  5. Photo what you're leaving
  6. Then leave it…walk away…run…try not to get caught.
  7. Then on Facebook share the location and photo of your gift with the rest of us.  Here's the group address: http://www.facebook.com/groups/ArtAbandonment/
  8. Keep your fingers crossed that someone lets us know what became of it.  I certainly doubt that everyone will take the time to inform the group, but I'm hoping we get a few periodic bites.

I just abandoned my 1st piece today (top photo) at The Salt Rock Grill, Indian Shores, Fla. If you are in the area this week, keep your eyes peeled as I plan to leave a piece a day around town.  It is a  surprisingly addictive activity ... and a great way to destash the studio too! (After this inagural scattering, my misc. scribbles will distributed be more randomly. But I will make sure to post them here on the blog as well as on Facebook.)

Do you like to make stuff? Doesn't this sound like fun? If you still have questions about this wonder-filled-random-acts-of-artiness project, here is a short video posted today by DeMeng:

Also feel free to check out the facebook group here, DeMeng's blogpost here, or just drop me a note (email is in my profile) & I am happy to chat with you about it. In the meantime, keep your eyes open- you never know what you might find!

1 comment:

  1. What fun!! and way better than the eyebombing I've been doing lately :)