Monica Grzymala tapes up Sumarria Lunn

Artist Monika Grzymala has created this dramatic installation, made entirely with black tape, within the Sumarria Lunn gallery in London…

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Artist Monika Grzymala has created this dramatic installation, made entirely with black tape, within the Sumarria Lunn gallery in London…

The show sees Grzymala take over the entire gallery with the installation, changing the way visitors interact with the space. It is the latest in a series of site-specific tape installations by the artist, who has previously exhibited at galleries including MoMA New York, the Tokyo Art Museum and the Drawing Room in London.

Grzymala, who is based in Berlin, describes her art as being more akin to drawing than installation, viewing the works as complex drawings that leave the walls to take over the surrounding space. She also stresses the performative nature of the work, with each piece requiring a huge physical effort to create. “Whenever I leave a work, I feel as if I leave a part of me, a part of my body behind,” she says. “There’s a connection – an invisible line from Berlin to London to New York.”

While previous pieces have featured coloured tape, Grzymala has decided to work entirely with bold, black lines at Sumarria Lunn, resulting in a stunning installation. The exhibition is on show until November 11, and more info is available at sumarrialunn.com. All the photographs shown here are by Monika Grzymala and are shown courtesy of the artist.

  • Cool work… Looks like fun!

  • This looks AMAZING!

  • Maria

    Unique and awesome!!

  • Woow, great work!
    I am amazed at how she used some 3D graphic design concepts and developed that in a real 3D space. The result is impressive.

  • Matt

    The expressive act of creating doesn’t mean it’s effective communication.

    That being said, The goal of every creator is to be able to rework the world as they see fit, and be paid for it. These opportunities to make such drastic claims of creativity don’t come to us because we’re eccentric, we become eccentric because of these opportunities.

    I do like it. It’s very “turn of the century”. The black unbridled creativity violating the sterile white space with such clean lines speaks to my personal sense of style.

  • Thats incredible! Its a shame that it will be taken down at some point, and never seen again.

  • Not always a fan of modern art, but this really does work. You just want to see it from all directions, get inside it, see how the light bounces off the surfaces. I imagine the shadows it creates does in turn create a great secondary visual.

  • emma

    this isn’t graphic design matt, so whether you think it communicates effectively or not is irrelevant.

  • It uses a fundamental and elemental building block of Design… visual design…. the Line… and engages the viewer in a 3d space … as opposed to the 2d world of graphic design. The mass is also creating the necessary contrast against the pristine white of the ground … as in figure-ground. This interplay is very appealing to me both in the 2d photographs that I see here on the web, and the imagined 3d space of the gallery.

  • That is incredible ! great work.

  • It uses a fundamental and elemental building block of Design… visual design…. the Line… and engages the viewer in a 3d space … as opposed to the 2d world of graphic design. The mass is also creating the necessary contrast against the pristine white of the ground … as in figure-ground. This interplay is very appealing to me both in the 2d photographs that I see here on the web, and the imagined 3d space of the gallery.

  • Wow this is such an exciting piece of work. Its a web of webs of webs. Its both order and pure chaos all rolled into one. Magnificent!

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  • AMAZING!!!!

  • Who knew you could create so much dynamism, energy and power with a humble roll of tape.

  • This is an interesting and enchanting piece- you can almost hear the strands smashing against the wall!

  • Tom H

    It closes on the 4th, not the 11th :'(

  • Alain

    Wow…
    − so now i’ll hop in my car and go see your conference at UQÀM (Montreal) at 13:00.

  • Crazy, but in an arty cool sort of way …. I think!…. :-)