Tape Art and Street Art by SELFMADECREW & Slava

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Tape art gallery by Slava Ostap- Art with duct tape
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Article: “My way to the tape artist”

Art is changing, because of we, the human beings, love to be creative and to invent and reinvent things. Our society evolved and so should the art forms that surround us. As an artist, I noticed that people don’t have time anymore to admire art in art galleries and exhibitions. Of course, there are some that will do so, for the sake of good old times. Most people get caught in the speed of life, which is moving forward so fast that it won’t allow us to enjoy the things that make us happy, one of these things being art. So, I feel that it is the duty of contemporary artists to bring art closer to people, making it more accessible, simple but amazing, and with a message to transmit.

Tape art is closer to people

In my opinion, art with sticky tape is exactly the kind that is close to people, being born from the urban lifestyle, from the middle of the people and for the people. Unlike graffiti, the adhesive tape can be stuck in various places across the city, without being damaging or against the law. Whether such artworks are done on walls or on the sidewalk, they can also be removed afterward, if needed, or the weather will do it. Tape sticks around the most on the glass, so artworks that have such a background will last the longest. I also have the feeling that people love tape because they can easily connect to it. Unlike sophisticated art pieces, it does not require a formal surrounding to be enjoyed. It is something that happens right on the streets, surprising people as they are, with no artifice.

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Probably this is what I love about art, the fact that is surprising and can be adapted to meet the vision and wishes of people. Urban artworks in which spray cans were used were highly condemned because they were considered damaging to the image of a city. And, to be honest, everybody that owned a spray canned considered that he or she was doing art, creating chaotic designs on walls all over the city. It’s not that I have the right to blame anyone, but art should focus on bringing out what is best in art, not attract defamatory statements from the people around it. So, as history presents, art out of tape emerged, as a need to find something more suitable to perform a type of urban art, without using spray cans or anything else that might be damaging. As a distinct artistic movement, the tape is considered to have appeared in the 1960s, the raw material is easy to use, very versatile, silent and removable when needed.

A tape is rather sticky

As you may know, packing tape is rather sticky and can adhere to almost any surface. This is probably what made it so popular in contemporary urban art, the fact that it can be applied to anything helping a lot. To make art you just need the tape, a cutter, and rich imagination. Once the artwork is complete, nothing else is needed to finish it, like no cover, no masks, nothing at all, because tape can withstand a while out in the open. If it is placed on the inside, where water, wind, and sun will not reach it, such an artwork can last for a very long time. Even so, it can be easily replaced, because tape can be removed whenever one wishes to do so. Glass is the most stubborn surface thought, art made with tape on the glass being almost permanent because it is very challenging and difficult to remove this material from such a smooth surface.

Art involves me to people

Ever since I started performing art, I enjoyed being in the middle of people, getting involved in numerous urban art project, just showing everybody that art can be fun and it can be there where they need it. I actually cannot find any limits when it comes to tape, the possibilities being endless. Tape comes in all sizes and colors, so, for me, it is like using a brush and some paint. Of course, sometimes I use sketches of what I need to create because I have to adapt each piece to the size and shape of the environment. I worked on floors, walls, elevators, hallways, rooms, even on the ceiling. Places have corners and different angles, this is why I need a sketch to keep my focus on what I have to do while I try to recreate the sketch at a different level, according to the given environment. And again, when I start working abstract pieces, sketches are not so important, because I can let my imagination flow. It is impossible to get bored by the art of tape, I love doing it and I love every challenge that comes my way when it comes to it. It literally shaped my life, and there isn’t a bigger reward than to see amazed people looking at what I do, at every urban art festival or street manifestation.

Modern urban art

It’s been approximately 6 years since I discovered adhesive tape for making art, as it stuck to me until present days. I thought, and still think even today, that it has a great potential, especially when it comes to modern urban art. I see graffiti as an unfinished type of art, not being able to satisfy the need of seeing something beautiful of most people. Even if I use what seems to be a very simple material, I try creating pieces that stir the interest of the viewer, transmits states of mind and emotions, or transmits a certain message that is connected with today’s society. The point is to prove that it doesn’t matter how art is created, as long as people feel something when they look at it if it triggers some ideas in their mind because this is the entire purpose of art. So I believe that sticky tape has the biggest chance of being understood by most people, even if they don’t have art studies because it is created where they live and is inspired by their existence. At least, this is what I try to do.

 How to completely change your surroundings

Art is something present in the lives of each person. We like to surround ourselves by various artworks because they give the space in our homes or offices a more personal note. Art excites our senses, giving us a particular state, feelings, and experiences. What is great about art is that it can be performed in so many ways, helping every person find a particular piece with which he or she resonates. It is important that the art you choose can also transmit a message, have a meaning for you, even if that meaning will not match with what others see. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so always follow your senses and instincts when it comes to art.

The Art of Tape

Would you like to test your senses with a type of art like nothing you saw before? Then you must see how the tape art communicates with you. What are the messages this art is sending you? Even if it looks like something simple to achieve, you will be stunned to see the elaborate artwork that can be obtained just by using colored tape. If you are an open-minded person, then art created out of tape will be perfect for you. Just receive it with open heart and mind and you will be more than surprised. Do not judge or draw any conclusions, before seeing how this art looks like in real life and what can be achieved. Allow yourself to enter into this new universe, where art receives new meanings and touches new limits. After all, art should be the way we can all test our abilities, both the creation senses and power of understanding.

Why art with adhesive tape?

Tape art might be just what you need to give the space where you live or work, that one of a kind print you always wanted. Perhaps a painting, sculpture, or anything else that is more in the traditional sphere is not precisely what you want. Tape can be extremely surprising and modern, playing with shades, colors, visual effect, tricking your senses into believing what you want them to believe. It is also very versatile, fitting to any requirement, artistic vision, or environment. It has a modern and urban air, as a reminder of the times we are all living. But it does not show the negative parts of our society, as it reflects only aspects, like an innovation, creativity, the power to exceed your condition and see the extraordinary in simple things.

Are you ready to plunge?

View tape, enjoy it and connect with it. There is always something that can be done to match the vision of each of us, even with using more tape. Such a simple item, cheap and somewhat ignored, can be the basis for something that can challenge your artistic vision. So, if you are ready to plunge into this new world, the masterpieces from packing, masking or duct tape waits for you. Some of the world’s most renowned brands are already enjoying the clean, simple, yet surprising, an effect that tape can offer for promoting their image. Tape have already entered the homes and offices of many people, giving the space within a different dimension.

Author: Slava Ostap.