Amazing Art Done With Parcel Tape from Mark Khaisman

Amazing Art Done With Parcel Tape from Mark Khaisman

Parcel Tape… the normal(ugly) yellow translucent package tape… it doesn’t sound like having any relationship with art. But it did happen, in the hand of Artist Mark Khaisman. At first glance it appears they could have been made using state-of-the-art computer software but these images are created by layering strips of ordinary brown tape over each other…

Amazing Art Done With Parcel Tape from Mark KhaismanA parcel tape study of three teenagers

Amazing Art Done With Parcel Tape from Mark KhaismanA parcel tape study of two teenagers

Amazing Art Done With Parcel Tape from Mark KhaismanA parcel tape Roman portrait

Mr. Mark Khaisman says using tape in this way is just another way of painting: “The work is made from layer upon layer of translucent packing tape, applied to clear Plexiglas and placed in front of a light box to give the image shadow and depth”. He uses around three rolls of 100-metre packing tape and takes up to a week to create each picture. Different shades are created by building up the tape; up to ten layers make the darkest sections of the pictures.

Amazing Art Done With Parcel Tape from Mark KhaismanRichard Widmark and Jean Peters in a scene from Pick Up On South Street

Amazing Art Done With Parcel Tape from Mark KhaismanLauren Bacall in a scene from the film Dark Passage (1947)

Mr Khaisman doesn’t sketch out the image first but, instead, works directly onto the light boxes, using photos and film stills as a reference. He said: “I chose scenes from my favourite films, I particularly enjoy Hitchcock’s work. I use photographs, I start by blowing them up to actual size to get proportions right and then I simply build the image”

Amazing Art Done With Parcel Tape from Mark KhaismanA scene from the film Spellbound (1945) directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Ingrid Bergman

Amazing Art Done With Parcel Tape from Mark KhaismanA scene from the film Pick Up On South Street, starring Jean Peters and Richard Widmark

Amazing Art Done With Parcel Tape from Mark KhaismanJean Peters is pictured in a scene from Pick Up On South Street with Murvyn Vye

Amazing Art Done With Parcel Tape from Mark KhaismanTape Noir – Philadelphia International Airport, 2009

If you want to see more of Mark Khaisman’s awesome work, click here to visit his website.

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