Chen Chun-Hao (陳浚豪) is the master of the nail gun. Chen uses hundred of thousands of nails in place to recreate famous Chinese landscape paitings. Chen uses a variety of nails in his works to immitate the various techniques of brush work found in these works. The nails are set into canvas covered wood and take up to 10 hours to complete.
According to Chen “The pictures’ impact is [created] by the contradiction [of the process]..: using steel pins and noisy machines to create works intended for tranquil contemplation; reducing lines to dots in a process …resembl[ing]…digital pixellation; rendering two-dimensional paintings in three-dimensional bas-relief; copying pictures originally reserved for the emperor’s court with cheap, mass-produced tacks.”