Equipped only with some rolls of brown packing tape and a scalpel, artist Max Zorn constructs unbelievably realistic portraits. This new medium that Zorn works with is so fascinating because it is such a common item most of us take for granted. It takes a truly creative mind to unearth the artistic potential of a material as overlooked as packing tape. Even if they were conventional paintings, the sepia-toned pieces are visually striking with their use of geometric shapes and sharp streaks of multi-shades. However, the mere notion of each tape art piece’s meticulous construction is mind-blowingly phenomenal. Working, essentially, in one color and with a material that can be so frustrating, it is astounding that Zorn was able to produce such fine work. How he doesn’t get a piece of tape stuck to itself or visible layers of lint clinging to the material while working is beyond me. I can’t get over how realistic, detailed, and innovative Zorn’s work is and how well he utilizes light. These artworks from his Stick Together series rely on backlighting to distinguish the different shades of the brown tone. He also has an exceptional grasp of layering and carving when working with the sticky materials. I love the way he uses long overlapping layers of tape to emulate a sun streaking effect. Be sure to check out the time-lapsed video of Zorn creating one of his remarkable works, below.
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