KIEW | UKRAINE
Mark Khaisman’s representational works are rendered from carefully layered strips of translucent packing tape applied to backlit acrylic glass. The artist is mixing materials produced by technological society with themes derived from the media. Works are categorized into several archetypal groups: fragmented Hollywood rags, film noir stills, iconic objects of prestige from art history and from pop culture. The artist uses commercial tape as a wide brush, with the light offering shadow and depth to create a recognizable resemblance. Subjects broken into grids, pixels, and layers appear in a state of fragmentary fuzziness, appropriate to their origin in our shared collective memory. Made of a familiar material formed into a familiar image, Khaisman asks the viewer to recognize and complete the work, stimulating both memory and interpretation in the process. Mark Khaisman studied art and architecture at the Moscow Architectural Institute. He worked for several decades in architecture, animation, and stained glass design. He began exhibiting his tape works in 2004 and has since gained recognition in the United States and around the world.