New York artist Bradley Hart uses a wildly complex method to create truly inspiring works of original modern art he creates using individual bubble wrap, acrylic paints and ordinary syringes.
The end result is stunning photorelaistic pixel portraits made from plastic in addition to the impressionist versions created from the paint left behind during his meticulous injection process.
Hart actually peels off the dried paint drippings from the rear of injected bubble wrap to creative a derivative piece of art — allowing the paint to be repurpsoed in a series he calls “Impressions” on wood.
“If you inject too fast you're going to destroy the bubble,” Hart says. “But if you go too slow, it doesn't fill properly.”
It typically takes the artist two to three days in order to load 1,200 to 1,500 syringes with the necessary paint required to complete a single portrait. The 57 1/2" x 47" pixel portrait of Steve Jobs is priced at a cool $15,000.
“Bubble Wrap evokes the plastic nature of our society. 99% of everything we use is made out of plastic — a substance derived from crude oil,” Bradley Hart wrote in his artist statement. “Most consumer goods are molded plastic and are made through mass manufacturing.”
“The injection process is complex and time consuming, which highlights the irony of applying such delicate physical artistry to a mass-produced material and the indestructible nature of plastic versus the fragility of bubble wrap.”
You can see Hart's work up close and personal at his first solo exhibition “What? Where? When? Why? How?” which will be on display at Gallery Nine5 in New York City through March 29th.