Join local artists Gregory Nangle and Mark Khaisman for a discussion on creating art from unconventional materials and methods.
The Gregory Nangle aesthetic explores what happens when geometry is interjected into nature. His work juxtaposes minimalist geometry with forms or essences that come from natural materials frequently treated or combined with metal or glass.
The recurring natural elements in Nangle’s work are rocks, leaves and wood. These materials are combined and sometimes fabricated with metal and glass from Nangle’s own on-site foundry and glass blowing studio. Nangle’s vision and practice is best described as Embellished Minimalism, which is about the aesthetic tension between stark geometry on one hand and natural forms on the other. Either one or both can become embellished by the artist’s craft intervention to underscore the artist’s intention.
Mark Khaisman’s works are pictorial illusions formed by light and shadow. His medium consists of three elements: translucent packing tape, clear acrylic panels and light. By layering and bunching packing tape, he uses light to break through and create transparencies highlighted by color, shading and texture.
Born in Kiev, Khaisman studied art and architecture at the Moscow Architectural Institute in Moscow. He has been the recipient of many awards, and his works are found in the collections of Brandywine Trust Collection, Philadelphia; British Airline Collection, London; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Del.; NBC Collection, New York; Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany; Comcast Center and West Collection, Philadelphia, PA.