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Conducting Energy of a Space with Sliced Black Masking Tape

New York-based Korean artist Sun K. Kwak masterfully redefines a space with her spectacular tape installations. Primarily working with ordinary black masking tape, the artist manages to produce a fluid stream of color that looks like a painting by applying the adhesive strips directly to the walls and floors of a venue and tearing away at it, piece by piece. Each site-specific installation changes the atmosphere of the area it inhabits, or, as the artist astutely puts it: “it's conducting the energy of the space through line drawing.”

The installation site is comparatively transformed through the application of her illusionary splashes of ink, which is actually made of intricately detailed, stripped, and sliced tape. The artist also allows her creative renderings to weave across three-dimensional planes. Additionally, the black tape against a white wall alternates as both the painterly brushstrokes across the bare surfaces and as the negative space, giving the illusion of white streaks cutting through the room.

A video of Kwak talking about her meticulously crafted installations and their time-consuming process can be seen, below.

Sun K. Kwak portfolio
via [CollabCubed, Brooklyn Museum, Asian Art Museum]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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