Collectively titled Zobop, Jim Lambie's vinyl tape installations mark off floors and stairs with colorful and repeating patterns, typically consisting of seven to nine rotating hues. The site-specific works conform to the architectural outline of each space, tracing the sharp edges of moulding or square bases of monumental columns. To begin each new work Lambie first outlines the widest possible edge, typically starting where the floor meets the wall. From here, he alternates widths for his lines, mixing up thin strips with those that are a couple of inches thick until he reaches the center of each space.
Lambie’s first work in Zobop was completed in 1999 during a solo exhibition of the same name at The Showroom in London. Since this first exhibition, Lambie has continued to make the concentric works, using materials that could be easily accessed at any office supply store. You can see more of his colorful installations at Anton Kern Gallery. (via Contemporary Art Blog)
A number of new works today from artist Aakash Nihalani (previously) who has been skewering subjects in Brooklyn with his geometric figures made from neon tape as part of a new body of work called Landline. You can follow the artist’s newest work on his blog Eye Scream Sunday.
Working with bold isometric forms created from bright neon tape, New York artist Aakash Nihalani (previously here and here) transforms outdoor spaces into playful installations. Of his work Nihalani shares:
For however briefly, I am trying to offer people a chance to step into a different New York than they are used to seeing, and in turn, momentarily escape from routine schedules and lives. We all need the opportunity to see the city more playfully, as a world dominated by the interplay of very basic color and shape. I try to create a new space within the existing space of our everyday world for people to enter freely , and unexpectedly ‘disconnect’ from their reality.
Seen here is a collection of his work from the last year or so. If you happen to be in Rome in April you can catch a solo show of new work at the Wunderkammern. (via Unurth)
At a young age artist Sarah DiNardo became fascinated by the tactile sensation of Chiquita banana stickers. Over time the obsession with stickiness translated into one of her greatest passions: creating art by rolling endless lengths of brown masking tape into different sized rolls which she then places into found boxes. The folks over at Gnarly Bay shot this intimate portrait with the artist as she describes how her art creates calm and balance in her daily life. Loved this: “Everyone has their vice and I guess my vice just happens to be rolling tape.”
I’m not sure it’s possible to infuse black tape with more energy than Polish artist Monika Grzymala has accomplished with her piece Raumzeichnung, roughly “Drawing of a Room”. The three dimensional installation which seems to launch from columns in the basement of Galerie Crone was installed in 2012 and required 3.1 miles (that’s 5km) of stretched, cut, and criss-crossed tape. According to Ignant the artist begins her work from scratch in the gallery, working intuitively with tape to sketch out ideas as she conceives them until the work is done. You can see more of her tape drawings over on Co.Design.
Currently on view at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History is an impressive swirling vortex of colored flagging tape titled Rewritten by machine on new technology by LA artist Megan Geckler. I’ve long been a fan of Geckler’s site-specific tape installations that transform the interiors of art museums, retail spaces, and even shipping containers into densely layered planes of occasionally vertigo-inducing line and color. Though I haven’t seen this particular piece in person, it’s fascinating to see how she’s layered colors from red to white creating the illusion that not only is the piece in motion, but that it almost seems to glow from within. Watch the video above to see the installation come together, and if you’re in the Lancaster, California area you have until March 10th, 2013 to check this piece out. All imagery courtesy the artist. If you liked this, don’t miss the thread works of Gabriel Dawe.