OCD MAG found the works of Mark Khaisman, and as you can tell, OCD MAG have found a beaut! On closer inspection, these beautiful pieces of art are hand crafted by using layers of tape. Which are then placed in front of a light box to give the image shadow and depth. Khaisman replaces the paint brush with tape, however the approach to a new piece is always the same. Khaisman began with an experimental attitude towards his chosen medium; and was intrigued by light in all its glory, even its limitations.
Khaisman’s post- conceptual tape art allows the audience to experience iconic images in a different light. The images are reduced to their maximum size, so that the audience can still recognise the image, yet from a different perspective. As a rebellious architect, Khaisman began to expand his horizons from the world of architecture. Realising his desires to be an artists. However, architecture, to some point is still apparent within the tape art especially as the images are constructed and greatly calculated. On the other hand, the medium used is very fragile, and temporary; breaking the essence of architecture.
The tape art is about recognition of a memory. Stated by Khaisman, ‘people react to my tapes because it talks to them on many levels starting from the very basic level of tactile feeling – almost everyone hold this tape in their hands and is familiar with the sensation of striking a line with it. Many may almost feel it and hear the sound of adhesive being pulled off the roll. And then I build on it. I add the images, which are as familiar as the material itself’.
Working with a plan and motivation, Khaisman conceives the idea and works with it. Working with tape allows Khaisman to ‘enter the chaos’; the unpredictable medium creates a thrilling challenge that requires full concentration and estimation. This is where Khaisman’s knowledge of architecture is evident. It takes Khaisman usually about a week to create new tape art. ‘I feel that work is completed when I no longer understand how it’s done, when it feels as if it has a life of it’s own’.
Very interested in universal subjects, Khaisman took his own life experiences and adapted them into his art. As an immigrant Khaisman used to see things in a double perspective, which is expressed in a classic, representational style. Which is nicely adapted by tape, a common, house hold object. Inspired and informed by good art, artists, along with the human capabilities. Uncontrollable emotions of pride, jealousy and mortality…
Head to: www.khaismanstudio.com