The use of metal in art and activism is not a new phenomenon. Metal has been used in protest for centuries, and can be traced back to the Bronze Age. Since then, metal has been used in a variety of ways in protest, including as weapons and armor, as well as for banners, shields, and flags. In modern times, the use of metals in art and activism has become more specialized to fit the needs of specific movements.
The use of metal in art has also become a way to express radical politics through methods other than protest. The most famous examples are found in the art of Gustav Metzger and Banksy. Metzger appropriated billboard advertising space to draw attention to the destruction of London’s urban landscape by corporate interests by creating “Stencils” that covered billboards with text ridiculing commercialism. Banksy used stencils as a medium to challenge 21st century capitalism by satirizing its excesses.”
The connection between art and activism is a mysterious one. Activism tends to be viewed as a form of propaganda and art as a form of entertainment. These two concepts are often at odds with each other, but they can also be used to work together in order to change the world.
Talks about art and its connection to activism usually fail to acknowledge the powerful connection between them. They tend to focus on big names such as Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera who used their artwork to highlight social issues, but in doing so they ignore the many artists around the world who do the same thing but do not receive the same amount of attention for their work.
Trying to find out more about this connection has led me to discover a whole world of metal artists who use their work for a similar purpose. This blog is an attempt at bringing together these artists, those interested in art and activism, and anyone else who is interested in trying to make a positive difference through art or simply interested in learning more about it.
It is my belief that metal art and activism are closely intertwined and that the use of metal in both artistic and activist purposes is one of the most effective materials to use in both. Metal, being a malleable material, can be shaped into almost anything; it can be bent, cut, layered, pounded, and twisted. It is a very adaptable material and when it is combined with the creative intent of an artist or activist it has the ability to be formed into almost any shape.
Titanium is a very strong metal that can be used for all types of creations ranging from large sculptures to body piercings. It stands up to wear and tear better than most metals and does not easily corrode when exposed to water or oxygen. The popularity of titanium jewelry comes from its hypoallergenic properties making it a safe alternative for those who have sensitive skin or cannot wear certain materials. Titanium also has antibacterial properties which make it more sanitary than other metals. It has been shown to kill MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria on contact during laboratory tests which makes titanium extremely appealing for hospitals, organizations that deal with infection control, and places where infections spread rapidly.
Titanium is also
The metal community’s response to the art world has been diverse. Some use metal in art, especially sculpture and painting, while others are quick to dismiss the art world. There are also those who encourage both sides of the divide as they feel it is important that all forms of artistic expression be allowed, even if they themselves choose not to participate in that particular art form. The use of metal in the fine arts has been discussed since the 1970s and 80s. The movement for metal artist to begin showing their work in galleries began in the early 2000s, but only recently have metal artists been garnering the attention of mainstream press.
The beauty of metal is that it can be formed, melted, cut, and welded. Metals are so malleable that they can be transformed into almost any shape. From tiny jewelry to gargantuan sculptures, metals have been used in art for millennia. The concept of metal art is used to describe art made from any kind of metal, and it has become more popular than ever before.
Titanium: A Metal That Could Change the World
Titanium is a highly-dense metal that has many practical uses. It is strong and lightweight, which makes it perfect for airplane parts and medical applications like joint replacements. Titanium is also popular in jewelry and art because of its strength and resistance to corrosion.
In the past decade, titanium has found an unlikely new use: as a medium in contemporary artwork. It is a material that artists are using to make everything from necklaces to sculptures to light fixtures and even large-scale installations in public spaces. Even nature itself uses titanium: certain types of algae produce an organic compound made mostly of titanium dioxide that gives them their coloration.
The fact that this metal can be formed into such a wide range of shapes means that artists can explore the full potential of this versatile material. They can bend
I wanted to post some of my artwork, but it’s not really good enough for the site. It’s just some doodles and drawings I did as a kid (I’m still a kid…), but I like them and I think they could be fun to share with people. They’re not really art, but it’s from when I was young and I haven’t really done anything like this since then, so I thought maybe it would be interesting.