David John Mega

When an individual makes the claim to being an artist they automatically assume a responsibility which extends beyond the self. Illumination, when brought into concrete reality, belongs to the world at large, regardless of whose hand or mind gives it life. Art encompasses everything that is... Traditionally artists have been painters or sculptors, with the advent of technographic devices and technocratic thought we realize art takes many forms. A creative sound is just as valid as a creative sight Within the past century our world and our perception of it has changed dramatically. The Art World is always in the forefront of change and the various disciplines which manifest themselves under the auspices of Art are ever expanding today. The line between Art and Science is becoming as soft edged as a drawing by Georges Seurat.

The era of the computer and the age of digital creations is upon us. The world in general and the world of Art is now bursting forth with a fury which even Jules Verne could not imagine.

My personal philosophy concerning my place in this world is... Art is my life, and my life is my Art.

David John Mega: August 1992, Stifel Fine Arts Center
Wheeling, West Virginia, USA

" Interview with the Artist"
10 January 1997
Carrino, Claybourne, Mega - Cleveland, Ohio

Why do you call yourself an Artist?

I was born with the affliction; it's in the genes going back generations. At times it's been a curse but mostly it's been a blessing. Lacking formal training in any of the art regiments has put me in a position which makes learning a necessity for my survival, not only as an artist but also on a personal basis. Living on the edge keeps one alert!

How long have you been an Artist?

Actually I still have drawings I made when I was three years old of farm animals while living on my grandparents farm. I started painting in oils at age nine and was doing portraits by age eleven. Although I work in acrylics and other painting mediums today, I still enjoy oils. I especially find challenging the restoration of master works from other eras since they present different styles and techniques. The inpainting teaches you much about how the individual loaded the brush and made the strokes to achieve their effect.

You have done much work with automobiles - can you explain how this is art?

Well, to me it's just another form of painting and sculpting. I enjoyed building custom autos since every one of them was different, the custom Corvettes were the most fun. Occasionally I would design and build an automobile which truly was art. I customized a 1954 Silver Dawn Rolls Royce while residing in Las Vegas, Nevada for the Liberace American Bicentennial Extravaganza. The car now resides in the Liberace Museum. As Liberace said "You've created a work of Art" and that statement made me feel good about the project, proving that artistic achievement can even be on wheels. For a few years I also maintained the coachwork on the Phantom V State Landau which Queen Ellizabeth uses when visiting North America. The auto was damaged in Bermuda and the Rolls Royce grille needed to be replaced. I repaired the original and made a table from the piece which is quite elaborate in keeping with the overall theme. It is a functional work of art which can be used for the placement of a cup of tea and coffee.

Since your work is so diverse in encompassing different styles, materials and techniques, what if anything is the unifying element?

How about money! Since I've always been a self employed artist on a commercial level, diversity is a plus. But in actuality if I do one thing too long it gets boring. The real unifying element is creativity, and everything is interrelated . Sometimes it's obvious. For instance, I design and make custom jewelry using primarily gold and precious stones. This process is much like working on an automobile coachwork except the tools are much smaller. I also create bronze sculptures which are a combination of the techniques used in auto and jewelry work. I've even taken on large scale glass etching projects which required masking abilities as well as the use of air powered equipment and spray painting methods all employed during auto work but in a different way. The bottom line is all knowledge and experience is useable even if it isn't apparent at first. You never know just how the knowledge will manifest itself.

" Interview with the Artist"
10 January 1997
Carrino, Claybourne, Mega - Cleveland, Ohio

Recently I have been working as an artistic consultant with Touchstone Research Laboratories which works closely with the US Space Program in a research & development capacity. In a conference meeting one of their engineers acknowledged how much he had learned from me in the past year in taking something from the drawing board and making it a reality in practical terms. This is the nature of knowledge and creativity... it flows and has a life of it's own. We, the artists are just it's vehicle at a certain time and place, hopefully we enhance the process. Well this answer to your question may be somewhat of an abstraction.

I know you have been working on an art film for some period of time, can you elaborate on the work, what is the subject, what is it's meaning?

That's a complicated question. It encompasses many of the things which I do and puts it into a format which is totally new to me. It is actually a story line I call the Mega Epic which affords me an outlet for much of my writing, both as a cinematic effort and a poet and writer. Although its an on-going project and subject to much change as it evolves, at this point the main character is the "Megababe" whose alter ego is the Goddess Livena. The story line is automotively oriented with a campy 50's science fiction outer space look. The Megababe Mega Cruiser is a red 1959 Cadillac convertible which crashes on a small planet. With her defenses down she is prey to the Intergalactic Cosmic Fin Hunters who prize the 59 Cadillac Fins. In a confrontation with the fin hunters her warrior mask, which is made of 1959 CAD components, is broken and she dissipates back to her energy source.

After the Fin Hunters literally chop off the 59 Cad Fins they are intercepted in outer space by YAR the cosmic mystic which leads to many art objects being created for the Fin theme.

Incidentally the original 59 cadillac convertible was the last full restoration of a classic automobile I produced. It was a National Concour ' de ' elegance winner in 1991 upon its completion. One of the judges at the juried show was David Halls the head designer at General Motors and designer of the original 1959 cadillac. This car now resides in a private art collection in Germany. The 59 cadillac transcends auto design into a cultural symbol and artistic statement for mid 20th century Americana.

What are your plans for the future?

To continue to do art and to continue the Epic.

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