Ever since the early nineties, Dutch artists Henk Bezemer (1957) and Frank van Oosten (1958) have worked together under the name Mishmash from their studio in the centre of Rotterdam.
The artistic duo started their careers as actor and dancer and then switched to the designing of sets and costumes, which eventually led to art and interior design. It is obvious they were inspired by curiosity, enthusiasm and chances that crossed their paths. They have cooperated with architects, photographers, theatre makers and interior contractors.
Nowadays they mainly make assemblages and paintings, but also design complete interiors for hotels and public spaces.
The unique assemblages are very popular amongst collectors.
The men of Mishmash search for and collect various objects, such as stuffed animals, marble artefacts, steel and copper parts of tools as well as antiques and jewels. These materials are never just collected, but picked for their aesthetics, their emotional charge or brute force.
From these materials they make refined assemblages on the basis of an occurrence or a memory, which assemblages remind you of the style of antique showpieces or conversation pieces.
Work of Mishmash can be found in, amongst other places, concert hall De Doelen and the World Museum in Rotterdam, the town halls in Ridderkerk and Nissewaard.