Berlin-based Australian Buff Diss presents his work in the nooks and crannies of the urban landscape, seeking out derelict buildings and abandoned spaces to transform and enliven. However, Buff Diss doesn’t use aerosol paints to create his masterpieces, but masking tape. Engaging with both the tactility and ephemeral nature of tape as a material, his pieces interact with the surrounding architecture by creating pockets of narrative detail that gradually decay. When asked to classify his work, Buff Diss commented, “I’m unsure where my practise sits. All my works are made free hand so I feel the process akin to drawing. A lot of works are installed live, in front of audiences so at times there is a performance aspect as well.”
If you’re keen to see how Buff Diss draws with tape, check out this time-lapse video. The sheer skill and intricate patterns are amazing.