Steampunk Inspired Mixed Media
Art: Steam Engine XB1
by Jennifer Bichara
Buds Convocar is one of the renowned Filipino artists of our time. He is recognized for his paintings, pastels, illustrations, graphic design, and mixed media artworks. He has had exhibits all over the country and overseas. He was also an art educator at DLSU-College of St. Benilde, St. Scholastica’s College, University of the East, and Far Eastern University.
In this segment, we’ll talk about his love for dials, knobs, wires, gauges and other gadgetry of a high tech Steampunk inspired mixed media art form.
So what is Steampunk inspired art?
The term “Steampunk” refers to a sub-genre, with more creative “steam” and inventive “spunk” of science fiction that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. It features technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them. Such technology may include fictional machines entering into a world filled with beauty, creativity and innovating technology. Artist of this genre often use recycling industrial waste such as metal, copper, brass and steel to complete the aesthetic look.
Steampunk art has expanded its roots in retro-science fiction, blossoming into an altered image of the distant past, riddled through a dream future world what might have been. Though firmly moored in a golden age when technology presented unlimited hopes and promises. Steampunk has surpassed the limits of time and space by melding the modern with the moldering, brass with class, so to speak.
Buds Concovar creates art with all kinds of technology and techniques who aims to soften the design despite the jaggedness and sturdy properties of the mixed media itself. His mixed media pieces consist of metal scraps made into unique decorative and functional art with an industrial characteristic atmosphere.
Buds Concovar “Steam Engine XB1” mixed composition is the result of various gears and screws removed from their original context, which are then combined with one another to create something….uniquely different.