Besan Z. Khamis (b. 1994) is a Palestinian-American artist living in New York City. His work consists of paintings, sculptures, performances, and musical compositions.
1) Shift: I shift reality slightly, into a realm of metaphor and the impossible.
2)*A fragile opening: This shift to the imaginary leaves a fragile opening between reality and fantasy
3)Reach: I reach inside, I grasp freedom.
Eyes open: With eyes open I take what I see around me to be my concrete reality, however absurd a reality it may be.
Eyes closed: strands of light + color, faces + figures float past. My surreal--or at least the surface of my surreal.
Blink: Eyelash Moment
When I blink, for an instant, my concrete reality is obfuscated. But my eyes are not closed.
My eyelashes collide and create a haze, wherein those phosphenes of light, color, form (free shapes) are infused with the forms of my daily life. Reality is refreshed.
It is not possible to freeze this moment, but through painting, sculpture, performance, and musical composition, I exist creatively in it.
Maryland Institute College of Art, Interdisciplinary Sculpture, BFA.
Baltimore School for the Arts, High School Diploma.
University of California, Los Angeles: Intensive Sculpture Summer program in Art Department.
“Miscommunications Chair” exhibited at group show Telephone. Gallery 502 NY, NY.
“Freedom Printer,” (sculpture) and “If I Ruled the World” (publication) exhibited at New York Art Book Fair “Friendly Fire”, MoMa PS1.
Bird’s Eye View, MICA Senior Thesis Exhibition.
“Fruit from Reineh,” Honorable Mention, Juried Undergraduate Show, MICA
Publications & Recognition
MICA Student Highlights. Web. Spring 2016.
Juxtapositions. Web and Print. Spring 2016.
If I Ruled the World. Press Press. Web and Print. Spring 2016.
If I Ruled the World. Featured by Bmore Art. Web. Spring 2016.
Betty Cooke '46 Scholarship, MICA
Reuben Brook Memorial Scholarship, MICA
MICA Achievement Award
Interdisciplinary Sculpture Recognition Award, MICA
MD Rawlings E.A. Grant
Foundation Scholarship, MICA
Lois and Irving Blum Foundation Scholarship, MICA
Trustee Scholarship, MICA
Operation, instruction, and maintenance of MIG, TIG, Oxy-Acetylene welding equipment, plasma cutter, cold forming equipment and knowledge of finishing techniques.
Metal casting including; bronze, aluminum, and lead. Resin bonded sand molds and ceramic shell / lost wax process. Other materials include; plaster, urethane rubber, silicone, resin, and plastics.
Extensive knowledge of operation, instruction, and maintenance of traditional hand tools, stationary equipment, portable power tools. Traditional and experimental finishing techniques.
Laser cutter operation and 3D printer operation.
Basic carpentry, drywall installation and repair.
Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Premiere, Illustrator, InDesign), Final Cut Pro, Rhinoceros CAD, Pro Tools, Ableton Live and multiple plugins
Art Handler. Bonsai Fine Arts. Bronx, NY.
Artist assistant for large scale installation, Frederick, MD. Artist Heather Clark Sky Stage.
MICA. Technician II in Foundation Open Studio.
MICA. Teaching Assistant. Intro to Sculpture w/ professor Sarah Doherty.
MICA Ceramics Department; Clay Mixer.