The human form, male and female sexuality, and the use of colour and line work all dominate David Marinos’ mixed media pieces.
What is perhaps most striking about Marinos’ collection of work is how prolific he is; his Flickr photostream contains over two hundred works, however each is just as individual and different from the last. Photographs of men and women are overlayed on top of one another either in black and white or lurid, over saturated colours. Grids of line work and shapes are complimented by obscure phrases or numbers. The works are obliquely digital; but they seem to transcend their medium. What is Marinos trying to tell us about the human form?
Each artwork seems to convey an almost mystical symbolism; the male and female subjects are stoic and mysterious. The mixed media pieces are also grouped into loose series; some pieces flow together following the same structure, and some are purely individual.
A series entitled ‘Invisible Light’ has opalescent human bodies overlayed onto a bright 80s pastel background, lines, squares, shapes and ferns accompany these disembodied images. One can’t help but feel like this series contains secrets, secrets cleverly hidden under an opalescent surface. But what could they be?
Words/ Ruby Giles