Born in 1958 in Kiev, Ukraine, artist Mark Khaisman studied Art and Architecture at the Moscow Architectural Institute in Russia. Now living in Philadelphia, USA, Khaisman uses rolls of brown packaging tape to create incredible works of art.
Mark characterizes his work as ‘pictorial illusions formed by light and shadow’. The three key elements are: translucent packing tape, clear acrylic or film panels, and light. By superimposing layers of packaging tape Mark can ‘play on degrees of opacity that produces transparencies highlighted by the color, shading, and embossment’.
As for why he elects to use basic packing tape as his preferred medium, Khaisman explains:
“There are some qualities of tape that make it unique for me as an art material: its banality, humbleness and its ‘throwaway’ nature; its default settings of color and width; its unforgiving translucency; the cold and impersonal attitude that tape surface suggests.”
Below you will find a small sample of Khaisman’s fascinating artwork. You can find much more on his official website. If you’re interested in purchasing his works, Mark is represented by the galleries listed below. — Twisted Sifter
Visit KhaismanStudio for more creative inspiration.
- ‘Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things’ (sfgate.com)
- The Coldest Place in the World (darkroastedblend.com)
- Season of Style Washi Tape Christmas Tree Cards (pattystamps.typepad.com)