Horst Torso image

Horst Torso

Within a single afternoon, I came across both a large amount of gratis duct tape and a vintage Everlast punching bag. The bag was badly dry rotted and somehow spoke of an aging beauty- a neglected body. It reminded me of Horst Torso, a photographic portrait by George Hoyningen-Huene of his lover. I realized that duct tape was introduced commercially around the time the portrait was made in the 1930s and decided to resurrect the body (Everlast) by duplicating it using only the tape. Once the punching bag was as close to perfect as possible, it was destroyed in an industrial shredder so that its physical presence lived on only through documentation, as the lover lives on in the portrait.