Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Walls and Bridges

Sometimes the solution is so simple it's too easily overlooked. But isn't that where genius takes its true flight? Exposing the essence that somehow eludes the common collective eye. This may explain why innovation is so often born of fortuitous "accidents."

To wit: Begin with various white walls, apply three miles of basic black masking tape, manipulate with bare hands and utility knife, and add to that an ingenious sense of form and composition. Then, magically, an innovation of wall-covering/planar manipulation is revealed.

Simple, right?

The inspiration for the use of masking tape (the material used here is custom made) came to the artist in a "flash" as inspiration often can (after many long hours of dedicated focus). Following years of experimenting with different mediums masking tape proved to be the transcendent vehicle. In developing the work the tape is shaped by tearing (revealed by the texture on the tape edges) and the removed tape is often reused and reapplied elsewhere. The artist refers to the process as line drawing with the intention of conducting and tuning the energy of the space.


The brilliant Sun K. Kwak from her show Enfolding 280 Hours at the Brooklyn Museum. (To see her process go here.) Her gift is not wall covering so much as its logarithmic potential.

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