Mia and i came across this humungous tape at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra on our recent road trip down to Melbourne. I recall it was part of an Aboriginal art installation, but i cannot really be sure. It just reminded me of a giant roll of tape made from carpet, it is probably some sophisticated tool or maybe a red carpet for snakes.
Friday, 30 December 2011
Wednesday, 28 December 2011
On a trip to New York in May I went to Moma and found this piece which is made up of smaller pieces all done involving tape. The piece is by South African artist Moshekwa Langa who is one of the country's most prominent young artists. He uses a range of found materials and bits and pieces in his art to create pieces which talk about dislocation, personal history and universal experience. I really love that his pieces are so youthful, interesting and vibrant.
|Electrical tape on wood|
|Me standing in front of the wall of work.|
|Packing tape features prominently in the work.|
|Electrical tape covering chip board makes a strong statement.|
|Again, more electrical tape|
Monday, 19 December 2011
I went for a little trip down to the local newsagents in Sydney to buy some Christmas wrapping paper and got a little excited when I saw the nice shelves of sticky stationery. I know this is not particularly interesting but wanted to note that Australia is seriously lacking in tape options. Compare this offer to somewhere like Japan or Hong Kong and you would be in tape heaven. In this case i decided to stick to the brand i knew best Scotch even though i really wanted to try Super Clear Tape. Maybe next time. I just couldn't risk it.
|On offer - sticky tape varieties|
|The el-cheapo brand on offer|
|The more expensive stuff|
I just got back to Sydney from a short trip to Tasmania for the weekend. I had no idea that just down there there is such a spectacular place full of fat succulent oysters, lots of wood work, slightly eccentric people and not to mention it is the land of the skirt over the trouser in terms of fashion. I visited MONA which is the brand spanking new modern art gallery which is a must - see if you are in the area or even if you are not. Aside from some lots of gutz, poo and toilet art, there was also ancient mummies and this tape art installation.
Saturday, 17 December 2011
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
These pictures were taken at an exhibition-cum-comedy night i went to in Bushwick in May when i was staying in New York for the month. It was part of an exhibition of local artists. It is probably the most interesting use of gaffer tape in art that i have seen, using it in a totally different way than you would imagine. The tape is layered and stuffed into a canvas in a creepy, organic way. It gives the gaffer tape a feeling of life, like it is a living creature. I feel terrible that i didn't get the name of the artist at the time.
Monday, 12 December 2011
This excellent Brazilian artist uses electrical tape at the core of his work. Striking strong graphic poses with this beautiful material, De Mira is able to create these pieces which are part craft, part art, part graphic design. Read more about them here: http://artoftheday.wordpress.com/2011/12/07/332/