Steve Javiel is a new follower to my blog, I checked his website out and got excited by some of his mixed media pieces. I have his permission to post these photos so I could share with you guys. It's hard for me to say what it is about them that pop out at me, I'm not one to critique art, I just know what I like.
The tones are subtle and mysterious, in the first piece 'Vertibral' I am resonating with all my years as a massage therapist and connecting with the spine in a different way. So many people, myself included, use screen type materials in their work and I find myself tiring of it but here it makes so much sense and feels so right. The spine itself, I just want to pull on each handle(?) or at least slide my index finger in there and clasp the front with my thumb and just HOLD on. Few mixed media pieces make me want to interact with them physically and this one does just that.
This next piece, 'No Trespassing', again, uses screen and grid which makes so much sense and locks the piece down. You feel like you will be put into jail if you trespass. That large grid is nasty looking in a good way. And that handle on the right gives this piece a suitcase feel, I want to grab it and run away. It's messy and busy in a perfect way. There is balance and just enough. I feel like these are perfection. I want to see more. I want to know more. That's what these pieces do. They make me jealous. There aren't any photographs in them like how I use. It's collage that I can stomach. Words usually distract me but these make sense and feel like they have purpose and power. It's not a perfect square either. There is overlap. These two pieces are like their own found art objects. They feel natural, like they have already existed and weren't man-made.
I look at them often. They inspire me. He has some other works on his site that I feel intrigued by, like this guy is onto something different and its refreshing! These works are on one page near the bottom (I couldn't find an individual post for them) so go check them out and get inspired. Thank you Steve for letting me post your work, it is incredible!