Wednesday, December 1, 2010

FRANKENSTEIN; OR, THE MODERN PROMETHEUS

FRANKENSTEIN; OR, THE MODERN PROMETHEUS
(Size: 61 x 61 cm)
SOLD

There is no way this reality is real, everything you see is fake and the world is populated by clones, drones, dummies, robots and replicants, and for this reason the milk is thoroughly pizzled. Nobody knows where mysterious atomic explosions are coming from but it's upsetting all the buffalo.

But that has nothing to do with this latest offering. This is my idea for a book cover for Frankenstein. And no, I don't think I'd have him fight a giant octopus in my version.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

ALIEN NATION


ALIEN NATION
(Size: 76.2 x 61 cm)
SOLD

The themes in this painting relate to the sense of not belonging, of understanding that there is no way that this reality is real. When you know you don't belong, your only hope is to get to Shell Beach.

Real time ceased in 70 c.e. with the fall of the temple at Jerusalem. It began again in 1974 c.e. The intervening period was a perfect spurious interpolation aping the creation of the Mind. "The Empire never ended," but in 1974 a cypher was sent out as a signal that the Age of Iron was over; the cypher consisted of two... words: KING FELIX, which refers to the Happy (or Rightful) King.

See some of my other works available online from the Blanchett Gallery.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

APE NATION

PLANET OF THE APES II: APE NATION
(Size: 121.92cm x91.44cm)
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A new entry in my "Planet of the Apes" series. This is a painting full of social commentary as well as cultural references, and hidden meanings. And best of all, only a select few know what it is about.

The painting looks amazing in person. The photos are good but wow I am really impressed at how the colours pop out. It's 36x48 and I am happy to return to the larger sized canvases. Looks fantastic on the wall. I will miss it when it goes to the Blanchett Gallery for shipment.

Click here to purchase this painting now!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Tritones


"The Tritones" is a painting that I really had to get out of my system. The stuff in it has been bouncing around in my head for a long time and I finally put it on canvas.

I can't go into detail about my inspiration but suffice to say the last couple months of my life are condensed into this image, and I might have to do a followup painting just to fit in more of what's been going on. I think some of my paintings when put together paint a larger painting, a snapshot of my mental state and maybe a map to my logical process.

This one was made for sale online, so you may find it on ebay through Blanchett Fine Arts:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320609178559

Sunday, August 8, 2010

PLANET OF THE APES


PLANET OF THE APES (PLANET DER AFFEN)
Size is 40" x 30" (101.6cm x76.2cm)
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This painting came from conversations between me and my Swedish friend about how the world is bound to become the Planet of the Apes. A couple years ago I watched this movie called IDIOCRACY by the great Mike Judge (OFFICE SPACE) and I was amazed at how perceptive his satire was. The dumbing down of the population of Earth is presented as a result of reckless breeding by the unintelligent while those who would be desirable in the gene pool simply wait for the right moment to have children. The right moment never comes and the stupid people just breed away. After 500 years the world is completely overrun by morons. A hilarious movie. But the thing is, that movie was absolutely right. The population of the Earth just increases without thought of consequence. Modern medicine keeps around genes that were never meant to make it this far. People are taught that every life is precious. I myself think every life is precious but the price for this mentality is that a better mankind is not achievable. It's just a fact. We are very loving of life, too fearful of our own mortality and we project our empathy towards random ideas of people and try to keep as many alive as possible. But life is not something we deserved to begin with, it just happened to us. Most of us are here because two people somewhere got horny. ;-) And it happens all the time. Right now as you read this there is someone somewhere getting pregnant with no means to raise the child.
This leads into the famous "Planet of the Apes" quote: "A planet where apes evolved from men?"
Of course. It's inevitable. There might be 24 billion people on Earth by the end of this century. 500 years from now, who knows? Star Trek is not going to happen. The world is being taught by the people in charge that globalisation is a good thing. It's a good thing for people in power because it centralises all the power in their hands. It's not really a good thing for the people. This is because it lowers the quality of life in the First World as we are forced to be more and more accepting of Third World mentality. The crap you buy that is made in China is made by slave labour. What will end up happening if you empower a totalitarian regime with inferiour production standards and no human rights? Sooner or later your standards of living go down to match theirs. It's just a matter of time, really. People could make a better world by making the right choices but they just never do. It's easier to go to Walmart buy cheap crap made in China than to choose save a little more and buy a product from a company that doesn't exploit slave labour from a smaller business that actually helps increase the quality of life.
This is why I don't believe in people who talk about "the environment" and "recycling" and go out and buy crap made in China. There is an island of plastic refuge the size of Texas in the ocean. Who do you think put that there?
Then there is corruption, which forces people to act like animals. Like the gorillas in Planet of the Apes. Corruption runs rampant in African countries and Latin American countries. It's actually cultural in some of them. By donating to causes in those countries you are actually supporting the tyrannical governments in them. Tinpot dictatorships is what they are called. We allow those places to exist. And we allow the places where we live to become like those places. Look at how the United States is becoming a police state. Check out infowars.com if you dare.
I think the Earth defends itself from massive population growth with natural disasters. Earthquakes, volcanoes, etc....I live in Los Angeles. I could be swallowed up by an Earthquake at any moment. ;-) You never know.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Südtirol ist nicht Italien


This painting is currently for sale at the Blanchett Gallery online via eBay. Looks GREAT on the wall for the size and it's a companion piece to my previous Volksmusik-inspired painting. I'm still radiating from this year's Grand Prix!

The title comes from a patriotic sign spotted in South Tyrol.

Get it at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320568541109 for a bargain!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Was macht das Edelweiß in meiner Supp’n


"Was macht das Edelweiß in meiner Supp’n"

This new painting is inspired by the 2010 Südtiroler GRAND PRIX DER VOLKSMUSIK. The winner this year was the group VOLXROCK. I really liked all 4 finalists and voted for Alex Pezzei and his song "A Narrischer, A Boarischer". This painting is titled after this year's winning song. I am very happy with the colours and composition and told my representative that I'm keeping it on my wall until it sells. I love it! Feel free to make an offer as I understand it's currently up for sale on eBay.

Here's the link:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320564040266

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

WOW moment

I have been fairly busy with newer art media and I have not posted photos of new paintings just yet. However, I wanted to write a little about an unexpected surprise I experienced.

There was a thread recently on a forum I participate in about whether American WLS post-ops are allowed to join their armed forces. Oddly enough, they aren't. I find this very unfair and sad, especially since many people can't get in shape without the surgery.
But it got me thinking so I dug out my old uniform..well, what's left of it. And to my complete surprise.....it fit! After nearly two decades I'm back in shape!


This came very unexpectedly and I'm still trying to wrap my head around it....wow....I am having a hard time believing it. And there are people who think this surgery isn't worth it? Funny, only thing that doesn't fit is my Feldmütze. I never liked it anyway.

I have also taken a long walk sometime ago to Griffith Observatory at Griffith Park. I fnally have a photo I took of a rather interesting sign...


For some reason I find the text on that sign to be hilarious. I know it's not meant to be, but I always think it's funny.

New paintings coming soon. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Galactic Pot Healer


This painting just sold. I guess I forgot to put a photo of it on the blog since I've been so busy.

I also have a few photos that are better than the ones I posted the other day. These were taken last night here in LA.

Work is progressing on my current batch of paintings. I only like to work when I'm inspired, then I can churn out really good stuff. I don't paint in order to sell, I sell in order to paint. This is what I make a living out of and I love it.

The Galactic Pot Healer was a painting I'm particularly proud of because I feel like my mind was finally being again to go where I wanted once again. It was painted right after "Orpheus with Clay Feet". "Orpheus" is still available for sale, here is the link:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=320537099477

And photo:


There are some very personal references in "Orpheus" which I don't mean for all to see or understand, but it's inspired by a Philip K. Dick short story of the same name.

On a totally unrelated note, I don't really think I like the layout tools here on blogger, been thinking about switching to tumblr. ;-)


Finally, here's the photos that were taken yesterday.


 

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

My New Website, and THE EXEGESIS IS COMING!




I'm working on my new website and until it is ready, christianmengele.com will redirect to this blog. I think it's better this way because I need to update a lot of my content.

This week I bring you "THE REAL GLORY!" It is for sale by the Blanchett Gallery eBay store. Click here to see the page!

On other fronts, Philip K. Dick's EXEGESIS is finally coming!!! I'm glad it's happening in my lifetime! From the New York Times, April 29, 2010 (sorry, no time to paraphrase, plus they may put this article behind their firewall at some point. Read the the article in its entirety below):

Philip K. Dick’s ‘Exegesis’ Will Receive Two-Volume Release

After a lifetime’s worth of literature that explored the future, the farthest regions of space and the afterlife, a posthumous work by Philip K. Dick will take readers to a different alien terrain: the inside of the author’s mind.

Mr. Dick, who died in 1982, was best known for existential science-fiction novels like “The Man in the High Castle,” “The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch” and “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” He also spent years of his life wrestling with what he considered religious visions that he began experiencing in the 1970s. He recorded his reactions to and attempts at deciphering these spiritual visions in a work he called the “Exegesis,” reputed to be 8,000 pages - or longer.

Though few have read the work and fewer still have fully understood it, the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt plans to release “The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick” in two consolidated volumes edited by Jonathan Lethem and Pamela Jackson, a Philip K. Dick scholar, with the first to be released next year.

Mr. Lethem, the author of novels like “Chronic City” and “The Fortress of Solitude,” and who has written frequently on Mr. Dick, said Thursday in a telephone interview that he hesitated to describe ”Exegesis” as a work.

“The title he gave it, ‘Exegesis,’ alludes to the fact that what it really was, was a personal laboratory for philosophical inquiry,” Mr. Lethem said. “It’s not even a single manuscript, in a sense – it’s an amassing or a compilation of late-night all-night sessions of him taking on the universe, mano-a-mano, with the tools of the English language and his own paranoiac investigations.”

In 1974, after a number of novels that explored the notions of personal identity and what it means to be human, Mr. Dick had a series of experiences in which he believed he had information transmitted to his mind by a pink beam of light. He wrote about these and similar occurrences in autobiographical novels like “Valis,” but also contemplated their meanings in personal writings that were not published.

“It’s something that he talked about and created a kind of amazing aura around,” Mr. Lethem said, “so that people have an image of it as if it’s some kind of consummated effort. ‘I’m working on my exegesis.’ But what he really meant was, he was turning his brain inside-out on the page, on a nightly basis, over a period of years of his life.”

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which has also acquired the rights to 39 of Mr. Dick’s previously published works and will release them next year, plans to to release Volume 1 of “Exegesis,” which is about 350 pages, in the fall of 2011, and Volume 2, at the same length, a year later.

Mr. Lethem described the books as a chronicle of the period in which Mr. Dick “pulled himself together again, as a writer and a human being.”

“He’d been launched into outer space by the visions of the early 70s,” Mr. Lethem said, “and he was going to try to come back with the truth – and that, by definition is an impossible task.

He added: “It’s absolutely stultifying, it’s brilliant, it’s repetitive, it’s contradictory. It just might contain the secret of the universe.”

Many thanks to Ragle Gumm for the post on his Blog giving us the heads up! Having the Exegesis will certainly inspire paintings throughout my entire lifetime!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

And the beat goes on...


Sadly, my dear agent and friend Heather Galler has decided to stop being an agent and focusing on her own art. I will miss working with her. But the good news is that I am once again on the Margaret Blanchett Gallery, and my latest piece is now available on her ebay store. Go check it out!

This new painting is called WARRIOR SPIRIT and looks GREAT on the wall! Painted on the sides and doesn't require framing, though it is up to the buyer how they want to display it.

Here's hoping the NEW era will bring, you know, GREAT stuff! ;-)
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320518845894

Sunday, March 14, 2010

So I'm back home...

I'm back. It's been awhile and I didn't paint much during my vacation. What I did paint I left behind. But the paintings from the previous post are back on sale on eBay, just click on this link to see what's available.
I asked to have those taken down while I was away because I left before shipping out to the gallery but now they're available again, just make an offer.

Had some health issues which kept me from coming back earlier

Monday, March 1, 2010

Annoying

Ever sell something to someone and then find out it was resold for five times as much as you sold it for? I feel so stupid. If it had been art I'd have been flattered.

Sigh...should've auctioned the darn thing myself.

Anyway...hope to start a new batch of paintings soon. Need to use up the large canvases.