Artist Bradley Hart creates pixelated, photorealistic pictures by injecting acrylic paint into bubble wrap. The pictures, which look like paintings of people and landscapes, make up his ongoing ‘Injections’ series.
He works from photo references, treating each individual bubble as a pixel. Hart told The Huffington Post that it takes an average of 150 hours to create each piece.
The syringes and dried paint in the mixing jar are recycled, and the drips of paint on the bubble wrap and the drop sheet are collected. He then makes derivative works, which repurpose the waste. Hart writes about the inspiration behind the series:
The idea of using bubble wrap came from a few experiences where overzealous museum security guards instructed patrons not to touch works of art and a left over roll of bubble from wrapping my first solo show in NYC. After researching the material, I found that bubble wrap was originally invented in 1957 as a modern form of wall covering; an experiment or product that failed.
Hart’s work is currently on display at gallery nine5 in New York City. The exhibition, ‘What? Where? When? Why? How?‘ is his first solo exhibition with the gallery. Click through to see some of the pieces from Hart’s ‘Injections’ series: