The concept of remix is one of the most transversal in underground culture, branching out into all its creative expressions such as music, urban art or dance for example. The idea of twisting, mixing and re-assembling what already exists in order to make it more impactful and “new” is a challenge, aalso taken up by artist Ian Wood, who starting from that very imagery calls himself a “remix artist.”
The starting point is the United States, where Wood was born and whom he knows, having lived between Illinois, Dallas, and Florida. The way in which the artist then interpreted the concept of remix was fostered by his deepening towards collage, a technique first developed digitally and then also with handmade cutouts.
The subjects Wood edits are taken from the world of American pop culture, especially music. There are portraits of A$AP Rocky, Dua Lipa or Kanye West, but also sports icons like Kobe Bryant.
Experimentation in collage has gradually reached higher and higher peaks, so much so that some compositions become abstract works and the subjects virtually unrecognizable. In addition to the forms, the technique and use of materials also contruibuiscono to the success of his works, the artist uses pastels, papers and stickers, with a truly remarkable sense of layering.
The success of Wood’s collages also comes through the immediacy with which they appear on social media, yet without losing the connection to the project’s foundation, which comes from an analog and undergound world.