Translucent packing tape turns into art pieces

28 Sep 2012

Mark Khaisman is a widely known Ukrainian visual artist who uses tape to create illustrated panels.

Mark Khaisman is a widely known Ukrainan visual artist. He uses adhesive brown tape in his works by applying multiple layers of small pieces of the tape on clearly illuminated Plexiglas panels. Khaisman views the overlapping layers of tape as the most direct way of manipulating light, that lend the picture depth and a three-dimensional impression. Taking a common material he transforms it into a fine art medium and deconstruct the set cultural hierarchy by means of mundane one.

The tape images represent figures, wrinkles, skin folds, body lines and motions. Its subjects are often borrowed from art history, old movies, 20 th century propapaganda art and Khaisman’s own photos.

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: Vitra Design Museum, Germany; Annenberg Center Collection; British Airline Collection; West Collection; and more. He worked for the German Tesa AG and presented three print advertisments, Boxer, Sumo Wrestler and Bodybuilder, demonstrating the capacity of Tesapack® Ultra Strong. The campaign won Silver at Cannes 2008 and Epica Awards 2008.

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