Another Instance of Tape Not Being Evil

16 06 2010

Click the image for more about this sticky installation.  All I can think about when I look at it, though, is the frustration level of dealing with 550 rolls of packing tape for which you cannot find the end.  Did the installer have assistants that did nothing but keep the tape end ready?  How did they avoid entrapping themselves? I’m pretty sure I would have ended up in the center of a giant tape ball.





For those who want to see the red and black design better

30 11 2007

Tape Is Evil Design #1 Click for a larger view





Tape is Evil

21 11 2007

All paper conservators know the agony and the ecstasy tape brings to our lives: the joy of warming our hands with a blow dryer while joyfully peeling still-sticky polyester tape off of a smooth-fibered paper…and the wretchedness of cross-linked, stubborn, horrible, awful, no-good masking tape that refuses to let go of the brittle, brown paper held in it’s clutches. Hours of swearing, hours of hunched scraping, and in the end, we hope, a bit of paper that might live a little longer, be a little prettier

And am I the only one who, every time, is sent back to pleasurable childhood memories of peeling things off of other things? It’s a kind of disgusting version of Proust’s madeline, isn’t it, to remember the deep satisfaction of peeling off intact inches of dead skin after a sunburn – the bigger the surface area that came off whole, the better. I remember practicing with Elmer’s glue – covering my palm with it, letting it dry, and trying to peel it off whole. I think of these things every time I sit in the zen-zone, peeling tape off of someone’s beloved letter or book or watercolor.

So, I’ve created some stuff you can buy to celebrate the struggle. Check it out at http://www.cafepress.com/tapeisevil

Enjoy!








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