John Schwarz – Mixed Media Art

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John Schwarz is a mixed media artist and teacher from Chelsea, Michigan who produces some of the most innovative artwork we’ve ever seen. Schwarz can take a heap of junk from a scrapyard and turn it into virtually anything you could think of — just look at the photos after the jump for proof.

Schwarz talks about his process a bit on the River Gallery website:

The art of assembling found metal objects together to form sculptures are a careful blend of art and mechanics. It is sometimes tricky to construct sculptures using gathered parts that may not otherwise be found “hooked “to each other. It takes a careful eye to choose the right parts and is very similar to choosing paint from a pallet and applying color and texture to a canvas in just the right place and just the right amount.

Once I get an idea of what I want to build then I research that idea. I go to the Internet, look through books and then start to draw. I draw every day. After countless renderings I inventory my parts collection and see if I can put something together that could look like my initial idea. The final assembling of parts to create sculptures from found metal objects is an ongoing compromise of parts, color and hardware. To make the best fit and finish it sometimes takes months before any one sculpture has the right look or is finished to be displayed.

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