Astounding Packing Tape Portraits


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.

















Max Zorn's website
via [Design You Trust]

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Tags: Max Zorn, Stick Together, art, street art, tape art

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Comment by Ben Turner on January 8, 2012 at 3:12pm
Max's work is absolutely amazing. He's featured in a new magazine coming out later this month too. Check it out povmagazine.co.uk
Comment by OneInfiniteLove on January 5, 2012 at 8:24am

Incredibly unique and artistic. Love this!

Comment by Jonathan Kemp on January 5, 2012 at 6:16am

Sick. Just plain sick.

Some people really manage to amazes me. This is definitely one of em.

Comment by Stephen M. Barrett on January 4, 2012 at 5:35pm
This work just blows me away, incredible!
Comment by sAm on January 4, 2012 at 3:39pm

Brown packaging tape? The talent of this artist is unbelievable.

Comment by Juan C Bernal on January 4, 2012 at 2:35pm

Amazing!

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