Ukrainian artist Mark Khaisman has found a way to make some of the world’s least aesthetic things into fantastic art: packing tape and plastic. The award-winning visual artist employs only these crude mediums to weave his incredible noir-like tapestries.
Khaisman begins by setting Plexiglass sheets over a backlit panel, creating a makeshift light easel, which serves as a canvas. He then starts covering the luminescent sheet with stretches of brown packing tape, layering it carefully to create contrast and shading. Khaisman’s pieces are often inspired by great works of art, literature, and classic movie scenes, such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound.
The finished works are warm, brown, sepia tones and appear almost pixelated. They are luminous and life-like, yet seemingly just out of reach.