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Mix Up Your Collection With These Mixed Media Artworks!

  • Gabriel Perez Raventos - All You Need Is Dance
November 22, 2018
Balasz Takac is alias of Vladimir Bjelicic who is actively engaged in art criticism, curatorial and artistic practice.

As the very term states – mixed media art refers to a form that combines a variety of media in a single artwork. This category has a long history which spans from Lorenzo Bernini’s bel composto (the 17th century concept of the unification of the different disciplines such as sculpture, architecture and painting) and the 19th century concept of< gesamtkunstwerk, meaning total work of art, to the early avant-garde experiments proposed by Dadaism, Bauhaus, and other interwar movements, all the way up to Rauschenberg’s famous Combines, the works of Fluxus artists or the works of New British Artists.

For this particular occasion, we made the list of nine contemporary mixed media artworks which you can add to your collection.

Featured image: Gabriel Perez Raventos – All You Need Is Dance. All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

  • Eric Liot - Ceci n’est pas un Ma

Eric Liot - Ceci n'est pas un Manet

  • Arnaud Liard – Hyperion

Arnaud Liard – Hyperion

Next on our list is yet another French artist Arnaud Liard. After experimenting for quite a sometime, he found his aesthetic embedded in new textures and more figurative subjects driven by the desire to keep street art features so dear to the artist. Liard’s bold and colorful reflect his interest in architecture and the city.

The work Hypérion embodies really well the artist’s fascination with urban backdrops, the monotony of endless layers of different textures.

See more info about the work here.

Billy Ma - Gunz and God

Following up is a Canadian painter, sculptor, designer, and illustrator Billy Ma. After dealing with art direction, Ma redirected his creative output to digital illustrations, and even more to painting. By mixing Eastern and Western cultural influences, the artist created a recognizable and witty aesthetic.

The work called Gunz & God was produced in 2014 and it refers to the iconic Michelangelo’s masterpiece The Creation of Adam. In his interpretation, the famous scene of touch is subverted so both God and Adam are holding guns with the dove between them and supervised by the all-seeing eye, a traditional Masonic symbol. This work is an actual socially and politically charged comment on the intersection of  militarism, religion, capital, and nation-state identity.

See more info about the work here.

  • Gabriel Perez Raventos - All You Need Is Dance

Gabriel Perez Raventos - All You Need Is Dance

The approach of Spanish artist Gabriel Pérez Raventós is based on found objects which are combined, recontextualized and presented as new forms. As a matter of fact, the artist is inspired by the materials so they dictate the creative process. Therefore, those are genuine mixed media artworks which reveal different social implications.

All You Need Is Dance is drawing-based work produced in a form of old wooden structure and canvas. It is based on a narrative structure and depicts dancing couples in different poses.

See more info about the work here.

  • Marco Cordero - Qual e il nome piu lontano

Marco Cordero - Qual e il nome piu lontano

The next on our list is Italian artist Marco Cordero. His practice is rather conceptual and text-based since the artist starts his creative process by deconstructing words in order to create a space in which the matter is thought as memory. Furthermore, it can be said that Cordero’s works are documents of his performative gestures.

The work titled What is the farthest name is a mixed media work consisting of a sculpted book, pigments, gold leaf, on wood.

See more info about the work here.

  • Peter Combe – J adore

Peter Combe – J'adore

Peter Combe is a San Francisco-based visual artist  who works with a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, photography and digital-media. He creates three-dimensional artworks using household paint swatches as his prime matter which range from abstract pattern-based compositions to realistic portraits of people; the artist is much focused on the effects of digitally exploited imagery.

J’adore was made in 2016 and it is a portrait of Amanda Lepore, a famous transgender model, singer and socialite, best known as the muse of the photographer David LaChapelle.

See more info about the work here.

  • Margharita Levo Rosenberg – Gone Crazy Splinters

Margherita Levo Rosenberg – Gone Crazy Splinters

Next up is Margherita Levo Rosenberg an Italian artist, psychiatrist, and art-therapist. This figure is present on the international art scene since the early ‘90s, and her practice is characterized by means of psychological research on creativity, psychotherapy training and practice through visual language. The work of Levo Rosenberg is quite conceptual and is focused on material and formal research.

Gone Crazy Splinters is a mixed media work which reflects the artists’ interest in celestial forms and bright colors.

See more info about the work here.

  • My Doo Sighs – Will you comfort me in my time of need

My Dog Sighs – Will you comfort me in my time of need

The work of street artist My Dog Sighs can be described as a combination of melancholic and often naive portraiture with the use of found materials such as spray paint cans or abandoned food cans. The artist is much focused on the relationship between the work and the audience.

The piece Will you comfort me in my time of need is a portrait of a human eye which looks straight at the beholder; it evokes the famous saying that eyes are the mirrors of the soul.

See more info about the work here.

  • Sheila Furlan – Wolken Schmecken

Sheila Furlan – Wolken Schmecken

The last but not the least is artist Sheila Furlan, known for producing objects, sculptures, and installations made of transparent silk fabrics. As a matter of fact, the artist embraced a traditional technique of sewing in order to explore the tactile surface of the material as well as gender implications of the same. That is achieved with almost transparent words inscribed as secret messages and drawings which function as traces of memory.

This particular work Wolken Schmecken or Taste the clouds presents a human figure sleeping in a form of a delicate cocoon; it evokes the fragility of a sleeper as well as the subtleness of dreamy state.

See more info about the work here.