Mark Khaisman | The Crowds

Pentimenti Gallery

Oct. 25, 2024 - Dec. 17, 2022

145 North Second St
Philadelphia, 19106
PHONE 215 625-9990

OCTOBER 25 – DECEMBER 17, 2022

The Crowds

MEET THE ARTIST RECEPTION: Saturday, October 29: 3:30 – 6:00 PM | Talk at 4:30 PM

Pentimenti Gallery presents its last show of the year, a solo exhibition by MARK KHAISMAN.

In The Crowds, Mark Khaisman manipulates tape to interpret mid-20th century crowds in an exquisite mosaic-like manner. By layering pieces of tapes, he reconstructs well-known scenes of crowds down to their basic volumes and shapes. His inventive use of the medium manifests a crowd determined to celebrate or contribute to social or political change in the United States. While these images sound familiar, the temperament of those large masses of people remains open to interpretation. The exact nature of the people stays a mystery as no expression can be made out on any face. Khaisman expresses an interconnectedness amongst the individual people and brings them together into something larger than themselves.

In his new work, Khaisman creates vivid tones of red, blue, and purple by staining masking tape with acrylic paint and then layering them as a collage, and occasionally with the use of nails. The image is then coated with an acrylic sealer to secure the work in place.

In the project room, Coming Across depicts the “bystander effect” of the diffusion of responsibility for lack of action by individuals during global crises. The more conflicts we observe via our screens, the fewer responsibilities we feel, and still, too often we choose to monitor the behaviors of others to determine how we react.

This immersive installation will present a Tape Noir Series made with aluminum dust on clear adhesive tape, light box, and other materials such as white tape and foam.

Mark Khaisman (b. Kyiv, Ukraine) studied Art and Architecture at the Moscow Architectural Institute, Moscow, Russia. Notable exhibitions include: Queens Museum, New York, NY; Visual Art Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ; Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA; Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany; BYU Museum of Art, Proto, UT; Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY; LeRoyer Gallery, Montreal, Canada; and more. He has been the recipient of many awards, D&AD Awards 2009 Winner in Illustration, NYF 2009 Print Bronze, CLIO Awards 2009 Print Bronze, and more and his works are found in the collections of Comcast Technology Center, Philadelphia; Brandywine Trust Collection, Philadelphia; British Airline Collection, London; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington; NBC Collection, NY; Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany; West Collection, Philadelphia; MoMA, NY; and more.

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