What’s more addictive than squishing bubble wrap and hearing that satisfying “pop-pop-pop” sound? For a New York-based painter, the answer is to use it to create truly amazing art.
There are many famous art schools: the Impressionists, the Surrealists, and the Cubists, to name a few. But while Bradley Hart’s work more closely reflects the Pointillists, he has even recreated George Seurat’s famous painting “A Sunday on the Grande Jatte” using his unique technique, Hart might more appropriately qualify as an “injectionist.”
Hart’s latest creation is a tribute to rap legend Notorious BIG “He loads thousands of syringes with paint in preparation to start the injection,” he said in an interview with ABC. Local program, “I’ve done portraits of characters like Marilyn Monroe, Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, John Lennon.”
Invented in 1957, bubble wrap was originally designed to be marketed as textured wallpaper. What turned out to be a major failure from a decorator’s point of view turned out to be a boon for the shipping industry and for Bradley Hart.
“Researching the history of bubble wrap and realizing that it was meant to be wallpaper led me to this great idea,” Hart said. Art Insider. What is a painting, without taking into account the cultural significance and historical value that it can obtain over time? It is apparently a wall covering. “
To date, Hart has completed just over a hundred injection paints. The painstaking process involves filling row after row of tiny bubble wrap cells with different shades of acrylic paint to create an image. He estimates it takes four to five days to preload the 1,800 to 2,500 syringes his paints require from a palette containing 116 colors.
Each project produces two separate paintings, the pixelated image on the front and an impressionistic image represented by the drips on the back, and takes between three weeks and a month to complete.
When he started, Hart was only able to inject a few cells at a time before having to step back to check on his progress. Since then, he has invented a computer algorithm that gives him a functional bird’s eye view. While it makes the process quicker, it is still time consuming.
And time is a precious commodity to Hart. In 2003, when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, at the age of 31, his future seemed less than a pretty picture. Hart admits that he felt as if his life was over.
Part of his treatment regimen included self-injections. Initially, he was opposed to the idea of sticking himself with needles. He credits his artistic muse for finally showing him the irony of his reluctance.
“I realized, ‘Oh my God, how wicked is this? You wouldn’t inject yourself for a decade, but you’re sitting here with thousands of syringes in front of you, injecting paint into bubble wrap! ‘”, He said. CBS News Correspondent Lee Cowan in Sunday morning.
Hart’s philosophy is simple. “Every drop of everything is potentially art,” he said. Local. “I have been very lucky and I am very grateful for the luck that has been brought to me. The world of art has enveloped me and helped me to get up … It has really been a great blessing. “
During the COVID-19 crisis, Hart has come to view bubble wrap not only as a medium, but also as a metaphor.
To quote the poet John Donne, “No man is an island unto himself; every man is a part of the continent, a part of the continent. “It can be a difficult sentiment to sustain for people trying to cope with the isolation induced by the pandemic. Not so for Bradley Hart.
“I joke to people that I live in a bubble,” he said. Sunday morning. “We choose who we let into our circle. We have all now been forced to create microbubbles. But guess that? All these little microbubbles come together, they make a beautiful painting. “
And that’s what we call an injection painting masterpiece.
(CLOCK the ABC Local video about these artworks below).
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