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  • 08.04.11

Monika Grzymala Spins “3-D” Drawings From 27,000 Feet Of Tape

Art teachers are always telling students to make their sketches “leap off the page!” — advice Monika Grzymala appears to have taken literally.

Art teachers are always telling students to make their sketches “leap off the page!” — advice Monika Grzymala appears to have taken literally.

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Grzymala, a Polish artist, creates wildly explosive 2-D drawings that refuse to stick to a single surface (or dimension). Schizoid lines spill out into 3-D space, jetting from floors to walls to ceilings and back again. One of her pieces looks like a terrifying vortex, another like the scribblings of a possessed kindergartener.

And we’re not sure what’s more exciting: The sheer drama of her drawings or the fact that she makes a lot of them out of the world’s least dramatic material, tape. One installation at Marian Goodman Gallery in New York was spun out of 27,000 feet of the stuff — nearly enough tape to reach the top of K2!

The Sumarria Lunn gallery, in London, plans to show new work by Grzymala October 12 to November 5. More info here.

[Images courtesy of Sumarria Lunn; hat tip to Frame]

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Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.

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