Studio Visit: Aakash Nihalani

A look inside the Brooklyn artist's studio, where two-dimensional shapes come alive through tape and a unique perspective

Passing by one of Brooklyn artist Aakash Nihalani‘s fluorescent installations, it’s hard to not take a second look. Then a third, and likely after that, a few photos. Nihalani uses simple materials like tape, plastics, magnets and wood to create geometric shapes that appear to be Photoshopped into the real world. Playing with dimension and manipulating the visual language of space in both gallery and …

Mark Jenkins: Meaning Is Overrated

Mark Jenkins takes his eye-catching installations from the public realm to an L.A. gallery

Blatantly funny, out of place and eerily real at times, artist Mark Jenkins‘ installations in the public domain are well deserving of the triple takes they get from passerby. In “Meaning Is Overrated,” opening at L.A.’s Carmichael Gallery, we get a dose of his new shenanigans with site-specific works. Focusing on the human body and practical uses in this new solo show, Jenkins successfully interrupts …

USB Cassete Archiver

Whether it's old mix tapes made by exes or an obscure Kid Dynamo album bought before everything went digital, us nostalgic types all have a shoe box or two full of old analog cassette tapes. Every now and again I get the urge to dig back into them, but I don't even have a deck to play them on anymore. The USB Cassette Archiver solves …

Electrical Tape Sign Art

Shinjuku Station? Huge. With 3.3 million people passing through one of Tokyo's busiest stations daily, it's not exactly a place that can be closed for renovation. Starting in 2003, a construction worker by the name Shuetsu Satoh began creating temporary signs made from strips of adhesive tape. These weren't typical construction signs, but instead, elaborate works of art. Not only did his work help herds …

Lace Tape

Call it a transnational tape-off, two designers, one from the East coast and the other from the West, both recently came out with a roll of packing tape printed with lace. San Francisco collective Boiler's design pictured right, features a design printed to the edge that can be doubled up for a fancy pattern and we like how the application here recalls the femi-graffiti of …