Although Michael and Andrea deMeng started the Art Abandonment movement in June of 2012, publicly leaving art for others is not a new concept. Several decades ago there was a movement called “Guerilla Art, ” which inspired the deMengs’ art abandonment movement.
History of “Guerrilla” Art
Guerrilla art–or street art–originated in the 1980s.
It consisted of graffiti, street sculpture, murals, wall mosaics, and various other forms of artistic expression. Artists would create the art pieces and leave them in public spaces for others to enjoy.
The reasons for street art varied. Often the artists wanted to make a political statement. Sometimes they wanted to get their work out into the world, and bypass the constraints subjected to them by the rules of the formal art world. At other times, they wanted “ordinary” people to have access to art that they normally would never have the chance to encounter. Finally, sometimes they did it just for the fun of it!
Want to Participate in the Art Abandonment Movement?
If you are interested in becoming part of this movement, you will find that there are just a few rules to follow. To join in, Michael deMeng makes these simple suggestions. All you have to do is the following:
- Make a small piece of art.
- Put a tag on it stating that you are leaving the art as a free gift to whoever finds it. Make sure to include your desired contact information.
- Discreetly leave the art in a public space.
- Take a picture of the space you are leaving it in.
- Hope that the person who finds the gift responds either by email or replies on the Art Abandonment Facebook page.