March 10, 2021
What’s more addictive than squishing bubble wrap and hearing that satisfying “pop-pop-pop” sound? For one New York-based painter, the answer is using that material to create some truly amazing art that could be the modern-day version of Pointillism made famous by Georges Seurat in the late 19th Century.
There are many famous schools of art: the Impressionists, the Surrealists, and the Cubists, to name a few. But while Bradley Hart’s work most closely mirrors the Pointillists—he’s even re-created Seurat’s famous painting “A Sunday on the Grande Jatte” using his unique technique—Hart might most appropriately be termed an “Injectionist,” reports the Good News Network.
Hart’s latest creation is an homage to rap legend Notorious B.I.G. “I load thousands of syringes with paint in preparation to begin the injection,” he said in an interview with ABC’s Localish program, “I’ve done portraits of the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Kurt Cobain Michael Jackson, David Bowie, John Lennon.”
Invented in 1957, bubble wrap was originally intended to be marketed as textured wallpaper. What turned out to be a hard fail from the decorator point of view turned out to be a boon to the shipping industry—and to Bradley Hart.
“Researching the history of bubble wrap and realizing that it was meant to be wallpaper brought me around to this great idea,” Hart told Art Insider. “What is a painting—short of the cultural significance and historical value it may obtain over time? It’s ostensibly a wall covering.”
To date, Good News Network notes, Hart has completed just over a hundred injection paintings. The painstaking process involves filling row after row of tiny bubble wrap cells with different hues of acrylic paint to create an image. He estimates it takes four or five days to preload the 1,800 to 2,500 syringes his paintings require from a palette containing 116 colors.
When he started out, Hart was only able to inject a few cells at a time before having to step back to review his progress. He’s since invented a computer algorithm that gives him a working bird’s eye view. While it makes the process faster, it’s still time-consuming.
Hart’s philosophy is simple. “Every drop of everything is potentially art,” he told Localish. “I’ve been very lucky and very thankful for the luck that I’ve been afforded. The art world has kind of enveloped me and help lift me up… It’s been really a big blessing.”
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