Throughout its development, street art emancipated into an autonomous art form. You can state this clearly on how artists use different media and forms of expressions. The emerging artist Max Zorn creates a very own pictorial language with an allegedly everyday object: packing tape. The artist transforms this brown, well known tape into own worlds. His pieces shine in their splendor once the light, that is installed behind the image, is turned on – an effect, which reminds of glass paintings.
His “tape art” has found numerous fans worldwide, the last show by Max Zorn in Miami during the Art Basel week was completely sold out. For the show in our MUCA gallery you can see for the first time in Germany colored elements in his work, which were initially sepia-colored.
By layering brown packing tape on acrylic glass, Max Zorn creates atmospheric portraits. Nothing reminds you of the base of every piece. Art can show once again that it can transform articles of daily use into precious pieces, through knowledge, talent and the art of craftsmanship. In hours of painstaking work with the scalpel he forms a storyline, plots and the unique characters. In all images one can see the artist’s very own signature.
Max Zorn is inspired by authors of the “lost generation”, like Hemingway. He is interested in broken characters of the protagonists, who oscillate between seeming and being. Max Zorn traces a time, that is characterized by the state of euphoria, the burlesque and the fascination of a newly gained freedom. The portrayed characters are placed in a storyline, in a state of emotional reaction, or hiding some kind of secret. It is up to the viewer to bring this story to life and transform the image into narration. The atmospheric portraits of a past time let us immerse into tales of another time.
The art of Max Zorn shows street art as a combination of professional craftsmanship, innovation and aesthetic composition.