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The Trick,  framed assemblage and painting 11"x14"  by Kenney Mencher

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"The Trick" framed oil painting is on masonite. The background of this mixed media work is collaged with pages from a book and pages from a comic book. 11"x14" inches.

This painting was the subject of a competition in which people wrote short stories about the painting and the winning story won the preliminary watercolor of the image.
Here's the winning story:

"The Trick" by Michael Gray

Tammy Sue taught me the trick when she was visiting with Aunt Betsy last summer. I didn't believe her until she showed me. She is older than me and has many boy friends, she says.

Poppa tells me I have legs like my grandma. I wish they were more like Aunt Betsy's. I wish they were like any one's; like someone famous or some famous person's wife. Just not like grandma's. I hate them.

And everyone is bigger than me. I tissue them sometimes, hoping Bobby will notice. He almost talked to me once, but was called away by his mean friends. I don't even look at them, so I don't know why they even bother being mean. But they always do.

Bobby and I are going to get married and have a great big family. We're gonna have dogs, and chickens, and a big farm. Once, I did the trick too hard and a little blood came out. All of the other times it's worked though. No one even knows.

My hair is short, so I don't have to worry about that. Tammy Sue told me to keep it short, so I do because that's a good idea. I did almost get caught that one time. My shirt was pulled down, so that it didn't get messy, and my brother walked in. I told him I thought I had a rash and was checking. He believed it, but didn't come near me for a week.

My legs still look like grandma's, but they are getting better, I think. Tammy Sue says she's been in love a bunch of times. My dad says they're buds, but one day, those will look like grandma's too.

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Here's a little bit about me, Kenney Mencher, the artist.

Originally from New York, NY, Kenney Mencher earned a BA and MA in Art History from City University of New York and University of California, Davis, respectively, following which he went on to obtain a MFA in painting from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. He has taught at a number of institutions including the University of Chicago and Texas A&M University, and now teaches at Ohlone College in Fremont, California.

I have an extensive national exhibition record that includes solo and group shows. My work has been featured in newspapers, as well as the "Artist Magazine." It has also been published as cover art for four paperback noir novels and on the cover of the Laredo Philharmonic playbill, Lullaby Hearse Magazine, and the Oregon Literary Review. I maintain strong relationships with a large group of collectors in several states. I am a professional and will live up to any and all commitments I make both socially and professionally.

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The Trick, framed assemblage and painting 11"x14" by Kenney Mencher


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  • Materials: oil, paint, masonite, comic book, book pages, ephemera, mixed media
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