Years ago, we visited a friend house-sitting a loft with a wondrous blue tape artworks on the windows. Astonishing, we thought, how a pattern of torn pieces of painter’s tape can change how we see.

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Sally Schneider

We discovered it was the work of artist Tony Feher, whose more elaborate works in blue tape border on transcendent.

Amelia Walchli/Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Amelia Walchli/Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Feher has made the torn tape piece on a wall as well…beautiful, with equally mysterious power…

blue tape wall painting Feher

For for an exhibition at the Museo de los Pintores Oaxaquenos, Oaxaca, Mexico, Feher applied torn and carefully cut tape in elaborate geometric and starbursta directly to windows. When light filtered through the layers of tape, they seemed akin to stained glass.

Amelia Walchli/Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Amelia Walchli/Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Feher transformed an utterly ordinary material…

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…by SEEING what happens if he layered it, and light shone through it…testing its limits

Amelia Walchli/Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Amelia Walchli/Utah Museum of Fine Arts

We look close to “see” the possibilities…

Amelia Walchli/Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Amelia Walchli/Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Feher didn’t stop at blue tape. He  hung lengths of neon pink tape in the cavernous Utah Museum of Fine Art

Amelia Walchli/Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Amelia Walchli/Utah Museum of Fine Arts

In memory of Pam Hunter.

2 replies on “Tony Feher’s Wondrous Blue Tape Paintings

  1. These are stunning. Wish I was still teaching art as this would be such a great lesson on the classroom windows.
    Jan

  2. Did you see the segment yesterday morning on “CBS Sunday Morning” about Max Zorn? He makes packing tape artwork in Amsterdam . . . sometimes on street lights. The story reminded me of your posts about painter’s tape artwork.

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