A term that refers to the use of more than one type of medium to create a work of art. It is important for mixed media artists to choose a solid foundation and allow ample time for drying between layers to uphold the integrity of the work. Mixed media is often experimental so it is important to purchase mixed media works that have had time to dry to avoid any unwanted cracking or peeling that may come through in the drying process.
Various types of metals can be used in sculptural art, with bronze being the most popular alloy metal for casting. Durable and hard, yet malleable and fairly easy to bend or hammer into desired shapes, metal can also be melted and molded during the casting process. Metals fall into two types: ferrous and non-ferrous. Ferrous metals include cast iron or wrought iron—any metals that contain iron. Non-ferrous metals include aluminum, alloys, bronze, stainless steel, copper. Non-ferrous metals have been used in numerous practical and artistic applications since the beginning of civilization.
Contemporary art encompasses the art of today, produced by living artists. The art of today benefits from all the previous art movements in history as artists work in a wide array of mediums, formats, and styles, while transgressing art forms: music, architecture, video, performance art, living installations, technology.