Artists: H - Z: Mark Khaisman
My works are pictorial illusions formed by light and shadow. Tape allows for images that communicate what I'm interested to do in a very direct way. I render images by layering strips of translucent packing tape and applying them to backlit acrylic sheets. Unforgiving transparency together with default setting of width and color augments the seductive banality of my material of choice. Ten years ago I started experimenting with it, melting my experience in architecture together with the stained glass practice, an architect in me busy constructing and calculating while a stained glass artist fusing with light. My image building demands managing the scale, figuring out ratios, counting layers while controlling intensity of light. “Wide brush” of tape contributes to recognizable resemblance using light and dark tones while leaving out detail. I try to keep everything under control but lose awareness in the process so by the time the piece is finished I don't exactly know how it has happened.
The tape is the message. A parody on Marshall McLuhan’s famous quote could explain the superficial motives, which make up the work. I usually borrow subjects, or sometimes objects, from, classic movies and celebrity or pop culture. Movie based works are mostly about Western Modern Cultural Mythology; by modern I mean the mid twenty's century. Celebrity/pop culture based work are rather visual notes than social criticism. As a child who grew up on the other side of the Iron Curtain I have always been fascinated with what was behind.
A viewer perceives image through layers of tape, comprehending my work process step-by-step, seeing past applications of overlapping vertical and horizontal bands of tape. An eye lingers over smooth surface of work at the points where underlying layers are exposed, and a viewer may wander at which point the surface becomes the image. The work thus represents visualization of the act of becoming, where it remains possible to experience process of artistic creation in real time. With jittering or blurred contours, I address the question of perception. Unable to acquire certainty of subject’s appearance a viewer compels to sharpen outlines to shape them into familiar forms independently.
Born in Kiev, Khaisman studied Art and Architecture at the Moscow Architectural Institute, Moscow, Russia. His recent exhibitions are: Wallingford Art Center; Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA; Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany; BYU Museum of Art, Proto, UT; and more. He has been the recipient of many awards and works are found in the collections of: Brandywine Trust Collection, Philadelphia; British Airline Collection, London; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington; NBC Collection, New York; Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany; West Collection, Philadelphia, and more.