Ukrainian-born and Philadelphia-based Mark Khaisman is an award winning visual artist best known for his body of work created from brown packaging tape. Characterized by Khaisman as “pictorial illusions formed by light and shadow,” his pieces contain three key elements: translucent packing tape, clear acrylic or film panels, and light. Khaisman has been exhibiting his works since 2005, fascinating viewers with his inventive use of tape and innovative medium.
Khaisman’s oeuvre represents a combination of his background in stained glass practice, experience in architecture, and his experimentation with tape. In creating his works, he applies tape in numerous layers which allows him to vary and control the degree of opacity and light. The pieces demonstrate his application process, giving his works depth beyond the images he creates. Iconic images, such as a Louis XIV chair or scene from an Albert Hitchcock film, juxtaposed with the disposable nature of packing tape reflect Khaisman’s artistic intention as he considers these images as a shared collective memory yet always subject to reinterpretation.
Khaisman studied Art and Architecture at the Moscow Architectural Institute. His works are held in public and private collections such as the Brandywine Trust Collection, Philadelphia; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington; NBC Collection, New York; British Airline Collection, London, among others.