We have known about TAPE OVER since LaMia and Rob founded it 6 years ago. During this time they have been developing exponentially their interventions and with them, the team has been growing. More than a team, a super artist team, most of them multidisciplinary and with their own artistic profiles but united by a passion, tape art.
Today we salute Mr. Galle who, as he defines himself, has a somewhat complex tape art style, abstract, geometric, surreal and with perspective… no more and no less! Influences and inspirations always come from music, graffiti and fonts. He does not want to reveal for the time being that dream-work we all have because for sure he wants to surprise us shortly.
Mr. Galle arrived to tape art in 2008 as almost everyone, by chance, playing with adhesive tape applied directly to the body of his companions while sailing and realizing that when removed the drawings appeared on the pale and tanned skin. This made him think and the following was already a tape art creation… Amazing!
Mr. Galle likes tape for many reasons… Shall we start?: Because he likes to work with straight lines; because adhesive tape offers many options that suit his style, because it is part of a fresh team (TAPE OVER) and because he also travels and visits new places. They seem to us to be enough reasons not to get away from tape art.
And we leave you with a sample of his work. See you soon Mr Galle!
“The tape works are innovative and progressive and that is necessary in the world in which we live today, because we all know the world changes every day”.
We already commented a few weeks ago that we had them in our radar screen. They are relatively new in tape art, and that is precisely why they have that freshness and the push of the one that starts something he likes and does it with intelligence and passion. Tape Works are the two young tape artists, Ryan and Lylouh that from their design studio, and now tape art, in Breda – Holland – gracefully replied to our questions and here we transcribe the interview:
Ryan, Lylouh, when was your passion for tape art born?
Our passion for tape art was born on the summer of 2014. That summer we had plenty of free time to experiment with tape graphics. We saw different examples made with tape and then asked ourselves if it was possible to make a mural just with adhesive tape. So we tried and it worked perfectly! We have had a very rapid progression and in three years we have made another 23 interventions.
And who are your influencers?
We get inspiration from different environments, cultures and persons. We love the work from Aaron De La Cruz, Felipe Pantone, Shok-1 and ROA. We like to visit museums, theatres and expositions, in particular of contemporary art, it is an inspiring activity. Tape That and Tape Over are some boys for which we follow every step they take. They make an incredible work!
How would you define your style?
Tape Works is in the majority contrast, geometrics and minimalism. In almost every one of our graphics you can see a recurring pattern. We believe that the tape stands out better when tape and background benefit from each other. In this way the emphasis is in the tape and background graphic art.
Why choose adhesive tape instead of other kind of materials?
We chose the tape because it is easy to use and remove. It can be temporary or permanent, that option depends on each one. Each person creates his own vision about our ape works, some think it is not finished and await another step, like for instance paint over it. Nevertheless, others share our same vision about the graphic. The tape works are innovative and progressive and that is necessary in the world in which we live today, because we all know the world changes every day.
What do you think is the evolution of tape art?
Tape art is an innovative world and not well known. That allows for a lot of room for creativity and new ideas. People see the possibilities that it has and use them to create new installations. We do the same at Tape Works using just tape to forge the art.
And lastly, what is your dream tape art installation?
Our dream is making a tape exhibition in an empty house where a story can be followed as we walk and explore the house, all along with the tape. In this way, people can see different ways of using the adhesive tape, for example, emphasizing something else, and guiding people through the building in a subtle way or standing out the tape as such to call the attention on the graphic tape art.
Many thanks!! And with this we say goodbye.
Long live (and long tape strips for) Tape work!
REMARK: If you take a look at his pampered Instagram profile, you will see that when they develop their works of art, they always do it starting from a concept. That internal part of the work of art, is expressed with short and intelligent phrases that define the intervention in a poetic fashion. This provides them an added value that shows the caring with which they do tape art.
If you live in Paris and are an artist, you now have a source of inspiration. Or at least that confesses the tape artist Pauline Fillioux pointing out “I draw my inspiration that is my environment (Paris is the most beautiful city in the world!), my every day live, the people that surround me and above all I find inspiration in music. The talented artists (musicians, painters, actors, etc.) fascinate me and greatly inspire me.”
Today she wants to share with us six beautiful works of art. In the two first she still works with packing tape, the one she has used since her beginnings. She is got a series of works about the body: nudes, dancers, etc. and as mentioned previously, in another work she represents Paris in the 1925’s.
For the next series she works mainly on portraits. This work is very different because of the opacity of the supporting material used for the work (Plexiglas or Forex) but we find the idea of dynamism through the insulating tape, her new ally that enters in the work of art like sun rays illuminating and providing colour to the faces. It is impressive to see how such an industrial and ordinary material allows to make such delicate, colourful and modern works of art.
Once again, we take off our hat for this beautiful and prolific artist, we can only say: Chapeu Pauline!
When over 11 years ago we started the TAPE ART SOCIETY adventure, it was really complicated finding works of tape art around the world. Those that today are recognized tape artists, or the works of art that you are tired of seeing on Pinterest, are the few that those days shared on their networks and the ones we used to start spreading tape art. Today, luckily, there are thousands of followers around the world.
In the next posts, we will try to present the novelties and new talents that are sprouting all around. For instance, Tape Works are two young tape artists, Ryan and Lulouh, which from Breda, Holland, create their works, adding a narrative content and intelligent phrases that define them completely. Mr. Galle is one of the 8 components of the Tape Over crew. We already know them and we follow them since several years because we love their work and we follow Mr. Galle intensely from now on because his individual works overly excel. We will also get to know Alex Dorici; this Italian from Lugano uses for his installations not just every day materials that we throw every day to the waste (paper, cardboard, aluminium, etc.), but also other more valuable materials used in the industry like adhesive tape, amongst many others. We like his profile and portfolio and thus we consider that his work deserves to be known.
In tape art, the proverbial less is more gets accomplished. And here comes the Croatian Igor Eskinja to prove it. In its myriad of impeccable works with visual and perspective and going through different techniques and disciplines, Igor dives into tape art without making a big fuss, but producing unique waves. There is, right now, the key.
Through a language, that in some cases can seem even Naïf, Igor Eskinja transmits with tape art everyday objects reflected in themselves. With simple lines, that is what tape art is, and with basic colours and monochrome most of the time, surprises us with his boxes, lampposts, houses and fans. He can produce in you a feeling of “so I can do that” and sure that he would love that, just like us. Nothing and no one stands between you and tape art’s tape and Igor has taken it in charge to explain it better than anyone else playing with them in space through two-dimensional metaphors. Today we applaud the simplicity and provocation. Today we applaud that many artists approach tape art to experiment, to try the subtlety of the tapes and obviously, being trapped, like us, once and for all. Ladies and gentlemen, with you Igor Eskinja.
If you believe Daniel Pardini is the name of a pizza shop franchise and don’t know him as an artist, we assure you that, at least in his tape artist facet and after what you are going to see, you’ll never again go wrong. Pardini is one of those multidisciplinary artists with unique ideas and prodigious hands that do magic with everything they touch. Pardini has very interesting digital photography projects like “fyoo-zhu n” were he combines in one person the faces of brothers, fathers and sons. Wonderfull!.
But today we approach him to obviously present you with a project that he made in tape art and that, by its uniqueness and originality, we have rescued for you.
“Mesh” is what Daniel described as “a street art project in progress”. D. Pardini uses tape in this work that he creates with polygons as a pattern, and that is what he calls “Mesh”. He places his beautiful installations in places where the unforeseen geometry can be emphasized in the organic environment of Hawaii, no more, no less. And he does not do so with the intention of conveying us a philosophical story or a logical narrative, on the contrary, with his work he hopes that this vision resonates in the spectator in some way; that of his own. Super nice, right?
Delving into the world of the meanings of the colours and colour therapy, we have even got to read that the colour black is the colour of negativity and that it brings out the “dark side” of the other colours when it is next to any of them. It is assumed that when combined with yellow, the message that comes out to us is that of selfishness. Curious at least. Thus, Victor Solanas-Díaz, one of the more consolidated Spanish tape artists, and a much-loved member of the Tape Art Society, all said, shows us in his work OUT OF NEITHER the splendour of this chromatic binomial through tape art. Victor gets once again the transformation of space by intervening floor and walls with his favourite tape, the black and yellow of signalling, modified by means of optical effects simple and subtle but very eye catching. There is no equal work of art and similar effect.
We recommend that you drop by the Centro de Historias de Zaragoza from now up until the 10th of September for you to discover and check for yourself how generous this combination of colours is, from the hand of Victor Solanas-Díaz and his tape art.
It has always been known that an artist who hides his face enhances that halo of mystery that surrounds him. It is inversely proportional. From graffiti artists such as Banksy to musicians such as Daf Punk, Sia or Gorillaz up to our friend tape artist Max Zorn all of them for this reason, or because they simply are highly qualified, stand out above average. The tightening of the bolts comes when you like them so much that you don’t really want to know what face they’ll have.
Maybe that deification conferred or that platonic and idyllic image that we have in mind will collapse in tenths of a second. The tape artist Max Zorn has always been characterized by being simple – use only tape- and very much down to earth – uses light out of street lamps. A few days ago made a face-to-face interview. It was a video issued by a famous UK television channel where I discovered, as has been done on a few occasions, something more than his face. Providing clues to his art, how he handles in this thing called tape art.
When we were about to echo this news, to our surprise we found that “The artist had removed this video”. Nervermind, we will continue trying. In the mean time we will leave you with this great video where he shows a “making of”, a timelapse mode, and just work in progress. To this day we are still surprised by this virtuoso of tape art that runs as fast and as well the cutter and brown tape, but doing it, does so from many years ago, and he does it very well. Sure it was nice to see how this boy properly covered textbooks. Here, for all of you Mister Max Zorn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWz41OpGvzw
Marina Rodrigues is one of those artists that since she touched tape knew that it would be, forever, a tape artist. We found her a couple of years ago and since then she belongs to and collaborates with Tape Art Society. Today she approaches us to tell and tell us that, from his native Brazil, wants to further disseminate tape art with her works throughout the world. But, if you don’t know her we recommend that you enter her website, always thinks in exponential. She is a very prolific artist, decorates, creates and invents tirelessly.
And has a tape-dream that is now building: the European launch of book on her tape art exhibition “Identidad paralela”. Marina needs to promote it in order to attain the Brazilian government’s cultural investment – by the Rouanet Law- and if accepted, will begin the European tour in January starting with Spain.
Her call makes us immediately her accomplices for the project. We are proud because this is the essence of Tape Art Society and that is why we are here, to disclose this type of initiatives and support in all aspects these talented tape artists.
Marina you have all our support and that of the followers of tape art. We wish you the best of luck in the project and dedicate this post to your works. A tape-greeting!
We are sure that you know the initiative that the boys of the AGENCY THE HAUS had, bringing together 165 artists, in an old Bank of Berlin to decorate the 108 rooms. Those who were able to see it were loaded with patience to endure several hours in long queues, but they all commented that it was worth it. It is already closed and in the brink of demolish. That is why we don’t want you to miss out on the interventions of the four tape artists who have participated. They are Klebebande, Felix Rodewaldt, S. Quintana and Slava Ostap.
We like to start the newspaper from the back end and visit the buildings about to be demolished from top to bottom, so we start from the fifth floor:
Klebebande in room 501 and exceeding day by day, invites us to live in an implosion of the crossed lines pattern background style “every man for himself”. A whole tape experience to vibrate with.
In the same floor, a few rooms forward, Slava Ostap, a veteran of Tape Art Society, dared on this occasion with backlit tape on the purest Max Zorn style, using only brown packing tape. Very much down his tape path, but with this variation in the material.
The hallway on the third floor is for our Mexican, also known as William S. Quintana that has used for its stunning creation tapes of fluorine colours that are so liked by the friends of Colectivo TAV in Spain.
The most psychedelic tape has been accomplished by Felix R. with some visual games based on black and white ribbons and black and white, all the time. It is on the 2nd floor and the result is a quite disturbing psicotape venue.
Photos are not allowed to be taken in the room but we can show you because tape art is an art to live and share.
Do enjoy it!
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