Wednesday, December 19, 2012

R.I.P. Erika Kapneck 1967 - 2011


Just found out that one of my favourite people from college back in 1990 died last year. She was a beautiful person and I wish her acting career had taken off, she and I took acting classes together and she actively pursued it, which is what I wish I had done when I was young instead of being a doff. Anyway, rather than link to the obituary, I think this link tells more about who she was. http://ww2.gazette.net/gazette_archive/2004/200421/rockville/news/217664-1.html
I'll admit I lost touch with her sometime in the early 90s but I never forgot her and our always having pizza together in that horrible cafeteria. One of our teachers, Mr. Will Bellais, is still acting from what I saw on the IMDB.  
The reporter reports her as a brunette but I just remember her as a blonde. And I guess I'll always remember her in her early twenties with her life ahead of her. She's still beautiful on this photo.
The passage of time sucks, getting old sucks and dying sucks. But losing those we love is the worst. And those who make us wonder what could have been...well, that's what alternate universes are for. If there's an universe where she can be taken away so young, I'm sure that in another one somewhere she's receiving her Oscar. R.I.P. beautiful actress.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Part One: The Deros are coming

Note: I wrote this in High School. Interesting how this subject never left me.

The Deros are coming. They've always been here, thriving in the confines of the Hollow Earth. Fearful of the sun they burrow under our cities and use the ancient machines left behind by the Titans and Atlanteans to feed their schreck into die seelen der menschen. But now they're succeeding in their greatest goal. They're making us more like themselves. As long as we're human we can fight them off but once we are all sub-human they'll rise during the long night of Lemuria and carry us away into the underworld, where our psychic pain will be translated for them, by their ancient machines, into pleasure and nourishment. The pain will be eternal and it can't be stopped. Few will be saved from the wrath of Lemuria.

Tens of thousands of years ago the world thrived, technology developed, great structures were built and the continents of Atlantis and Mu flourished upon this Earth. Great minds created technology which overcame gravity. Flying saucers silently flew across the skies at near the speed of light. Great networks of tunnels shortened the distances across the globe and machines were created that did menial tasks. The key to all languages was Mantong. A code used to form words and pictographs. The giant libraries held all knowledge, carved by direct energy beams into stones. History was recorded in granite.

It was at this time that simple machines were no longer sufficient to serve the Titans. In their laboratories, they fused blood and bone into humanoid beings. These beings were degenerate, amoral and of lower intelligence. They were the Deros.

The Lords of Lemuria lost contact with one of their Solar bases. It disappeared into nothing without explanation. The Great council convened and invited scientists of Atlantis to work together on discovering the great mystery. Astronomical charts and computer models predicted the worst. The Sun was no longer inhabitable. In fact, it was growing in size.

The politicians of each continent blamed the other continent but the outcome couldn't be argued. If the Sun could not be tamed, the Earth itself would no longer sustain life. A plan was set in motion to create generation ships built at the Saturn shipyards. All would need to evacuate.

The Overlords ordered that more Deros should be hatched to aid in construction of the arks. Within one year to the day they lost contact with the surface of the Sun, the Atlanteans and Lemurians left our Solar system.

But not all of them. Many didn't wish to leave their beloved home planet and were willing to die on Earth if needed. They named themselves the Teros and attempted to re-organise their society for the little time they had left. Many scientists disagreed on the incoming end of the world. They preached that at the most a heavy bombardment of radiation would hit the surface but the Earth would recover. They gathered what they could and headed towards their entrance to the inside of the Earth, located in the jungles of the South Pole.

The Deros weren't welcome in the generation ships. Abandoned by their masters, they lived purely on base instincts. They hunted animals, which the Lemurians wouldn't do out of respect for life. If food was scarce, they turned on each other for meat and blood. As the hordes of Deros made their way into abandoned Lemuria, they ran into incredibly complex machines which had been made usable even by the feeblest of brains. At first the Deros destroyed anything that moved. complex circuitry was turned into ornaments and jewelry. But it only took one Dero to find out how something worked, then soon all Deros were using the machines. The first thing they used the machines for was destroying each other. This had the effect of reducing the Deros population. Entire cities were destroyed due to their ignorance.

The Atlantean and Lemurian politicians declared that the planet be bombed from space. They believed that if their predictions were incorrect, the other civilisation would have the upper hand upon returning home. A final transmission was relayed to the Teros: The Atomic Winter is coming.

The Earth was carpet bombed. Those Teros and Deros who had taken shelter in the Hollow Earth survived the atomic Winter.







Sunday, August 5, 2012

Amauta


I never received a print version, but my painting "Free Market" illustrated an article about...free markets, of course ;-). It ran in the Costa Rica magazine "Amauta" in 2010. I just ran into it again.
http://revista-amauta.org/2010/10/imposibilidad-de-financiar-las-pensiones/

The original image:

The Return of ChristianMengele.com

ChristianMengele.com is back online after a couple years of hosting just my blog. Now you can view old paintings I made all the way back to 2007. Maybe next time I go to my family's home I'll be able to find really old stuff but for now it's just back to 2007. We were lucky to find backups of those old pics we thought were lost forever and felt there was enough to bring back the site, new, streamlined, re-designed from the ground up!

http://www.christianmengele.com

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Painting Playlist

Here's a sample of what I listen to while working. It changes often but this week I'm sticking to this.

Kansas - Carry On My Wayward Son
Lynard Skynard - Sweet Home Alabama
Down on the Corner - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Styx - Renegade      
Bad Moon Rising    - Creedence Clearwater Revival  
Journey - Wheel In The Sky      
Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival      
Don't Stop Believin' - Journey      
Have You Ever Seen The Rain - Creedence Clearwater      
Charlie Daniels Band - The Devil Went down to Georgia          
Black Betty - Ram Jam      
What a Wonderful World - Joey Ramone      
Asia - Heat Of The Moment      
Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple      
House Of The Rising Sun - The Animals          
Hotel California - The Eagles      
Oh death - Jen Titus      
Love Hurts - Nazareth  
The Gambler - Kenny Rogers  
Across 110th Street - Bobby Womack  
Theme of Foxy Brown - Willie Hutch              
Pusherman - Curtis Mayfield              
Trouble Man - Marvin Gaye              
Theme From Shaft - Isaac Hayes  
Are You Man Enough? - Four Tops  
I Choose You - Willie Hutch              
Love Doctor- Millie Jackson  
Can't Get Enough Of Your Love - Barry White  
Barry White - Just The Way You Are - Barry White  
Lets get it on - Barry white      
Never, Never Gonna Give You Up    Barry White              
You Sexy Thing - Barry White      
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley              
Me and Mrs. Jones - Barry White      
Make a Resolution    - The Impressions

Monday, July 30, 2012

COPENHAGEN

COPENHAGEN
11x14 inches (28 x 35.6 cm)
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Copenhagen! In beautiful DENMARK! Not mentioned as often as Sweden or Norway, but not as ignored as Finland and not forgotten like Iceland. ;-) Just kidding. Now available through Blanchett Fine Arts! http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320955456095

Sunday, July 29, 2012

UBUNTU

UBUNTU
11x14 inches
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I love Africa and everything African and it's reflected in all my art. This is very strongly influenced by African folk art while still getting in a hint of Mexican Day of the Dead sugar skulls art.
Now available through the nice people of Blanchett Fine Arts Online at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320956688951


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" painted by Christian Mengele

DER RABE/THE RAVEN
24x30 inches
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This new painting is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven". I've previously painted "The Tell-Tale Heart". This work has a broad canvas that looks deeper into the poem.
Now available through Blanchett Fine Arts at their ebay store through this link:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320954263428

RATIONAL MAN

RATIONAL MAN
11x14
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RATIONAL MAN is now up for sale online at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320956690023
This is a very colourful piece and will look GREAT in a black frame. It's also painted on the edges in case you decide not to frame it. Either way I love this painting!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

ZULU

ZULU
11x14 inches


This brand new piece is going up on eBay sometime after 7PM PST. I love Africa and this is influenced by South African art.
SOLD

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Clash of the Titans

If you want my opinion as to what was missing from the "Clash of the Titans" remake.. ;-)
Just a cameo isn't enough. It needed more Bubo!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

These are the people to not vote for.

Anybody who voted for CISPA should be removed from Office. No matter what they do in the future, they're GONE.
Guess what, YOU can make that happen by NOT voting them. Here's the List:
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/112-2012/h192

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

STALKER
18x18 inches
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This painting came to me after rewatching Tarkovsky's 1979 movie "Stalker" about a man who was addicted to smuggling people into 'the Zone', a place where, supposedly, wishes came true.
Although SOLARIS is Tarkovsky's best known film, you can see the director's personal touch more in this small sci-fi drama where he keeps the viewer guessing. One interesting thing about this film is how it was actually shot twice.  The original negative was ruined by mishandling and one year of filming went down the drain, making him start over. Some people also believe that Tarkovsky's sickness and death some seven years later was a result of shooting parts of this film in an area contaminated with toxic waste.

For sale through the Blanchett gallery's online store at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320898517936

Sunday, April 29, 2012

New Paintings: THE QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT & SOLARIS

THE QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT
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I hate the new interface of Blogger so much that I might be switching to something else soon. This is one reason I haven't been updating this blog in a while. I don't know what they were thinking.

Oh well. I need to post this since I've sent 3 new paintings to the Blanchett gallery for selling through the eBay store.  So here is the first one.  The Quatermass Xperiment. The Quatermass serials were ground-breaking in their time and the Hammer films that they inspired made Nigel Kneale's Bernard Quatermass famous worldwide. While Andrew Keir was definitely my favourite actor to play the role (In Hammer's "Quatermass and  the Pit" and later on in "The Quatermass Memoirs" Radio Serials, making him, along with Brian Donlevy, one of the only two actors to ever portray Quatermass twice), I don't think any of the actors who ever played him were unsatisfactory (even though Kneale wasn't too fond of Donlevy's portrayal).  By 1979 when the final Quatermass serial was made, I'm guessing they felt John Mills, being better known, would be a better choice for Quatermass. I liked Mills in the role of an older Quatermass but I honestly feel Keir owns the role in my opinion. I think Kneale felt the same way since Keir was called back for the Quatermass Memoirs. Not long ago the BBC revived the original story with Jason Flemyng in the lead role. A much younger Quatermass. I like Jason Flemyng but he wasn't Quatermass. I don't know who would be my choice for the role nowadays..Charles Dance? ;-) But with both Andrew Keir and Quatermass creator Nigel Kneale gone, maybe the franchise should just rest in peace.If you're wondering why the discrepancy in the spelling, this is because when Hammer adapted "The Quatermass Experiment" for the big screen, they literally wanted to capitalise on the (then new) "X" certificate rating, so it became "The Quatermass Xperiment". Someone up there liked puns.

The painting is 24x30 inches and looks really great on the wall. I like the feel it evokes, the colours reminding me of the old four-colour posters of the 50s.

SOLARIS
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Next up we have SOLARIS. This is a tough one for me. if I ever had trouble with knowing whether the universe was playing a big joke on me it would have to be upon rewatching Tarkovsky's 1972 film SOLARIS (Солярис) after many years.
When I watch SOLARIS I see a mirror (and yes I know the irony, Tarkovsky made a very personal movie named Mirror, which included autobiographical tidbits and plenty of his father's poetry). The relationship between Kelvin and Hari reflects my most intense romantic relationship. It never dawned upon me as a youth that any part of my life would eventually reflect this movie. I hadn't watched Solaris since I was a teenager. Revisiting it in my age, I feel like I'm watching myself and not a performance by Donatas Banioni as Kris Kelvin. Even his name is an ironic coincidence. What is reality? I could make many paintings on this subject.

24x30 inches.








Friday, March 16, 2012

It's my Birthday!

Happy Birthday to me! ;-) One year older.