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Tahiti Pehrson

United States 1972

Installation, Sculpture


Tahiti Pehrson
Tahiti Pehrson
United States
August 29, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Tahiti Pehrson is an American visual artist known for his large-scale, highly detailed hand cut, two and three-dimensional paper sculptures. Born in 1972 in Santa Rosa, California, Pehrson spent his childhood in Calif, the small historic gold rush mining town of Nevada City, two hours northeast of SF. He was raised in a family of artists – his parents are artists, as well as both of his siblings.

Academic Background and Early Career

Tahiti Pehrson grew up doing oil paintings, and did a lot of traveling in search of art after high school on his own, and eventually ended up at the San Francisco Institute of Art. At SFAI, he studied painting and other related subjects, but dropped out of it after a year and a half. After living SFAI, he turned to street art working with graffiti artists PEZ, MIZE and Pneu.

Subsequently, he moved on to experimenting with layering stencils to create three-dimensional pieces. Pehrson began using computer images, searching for patterns until finding those he liked to layer on top of one another, manipulating them in Photoshop and eventually drawing on top of them to produce strata of dimension. These prior pieces are predominantly figurative works inspired by real people and events in Tahiti’s life. A practice of stencil-making and street art evolved into highly detailed practice of paper cutting two and three-dimensional pieces.


Horizon - like - home 2016
Tahiti Pehrson – Horizon

Hand Cut Sculptures and Installations

Tahiti Pehrson has been working with paper as a medium for over fifteen years. Using hundreds of razor blades, he creates, at times, very large-scale and sometimes site-specific installations, as well as smaller pieces of geometrical hand cut Canson or Lenox sheets of paper. He often uses guilloché – a system of very precise, intricate and repetitive patterns which date back to Classical Greek and Roman times, commonly used in engraving and on currency to deter counterfeiting – as a starting pattern, to which he then adds secondary patterns that have a more organic feeling to form additional layers. The precision and perfection of design in Pehrson’s artworks regularly leads the viewer to the assumption that his pieces are executed by a laser cutter of sorts. His intricate carvings explore the themes such as fragility and interrelations of physical objects.

Paper Works by Pehrson

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Tahiti Pehrson – Early Life (Left) / Polaris (right)

Window Installations: Sea of Love and Variations & Betwixt

In 2012, the San Francisco City Arts Commission contracted Pehrson to create a large-scale installation in a site-specific window. The result was one of the largest pieces Pehrson has ever produced Sea Of Love, a myriad of spirals inspired by symmetry in nature and guilloché patterns created from hundreds of linear feet of hand-cut paper. Unlike his earlier, more figurative and narrative oeuvre, Sea of Love features repetitive geometric patterns referencing those found in astrophysics, mathematics and biology.
Variations & Betwixt is Pehrson’s large-scale, three-dimensional window installation presented in 2014 at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.

Sea of Love

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Tahiti Pehrson – Sea of Love, 2012

Pareidolia and Other Exhibitions

Tahiti Pehrson’s work has been included in numerous individual and collective exhibitions in such galleries as K. Imperial Gallery, San Francisco, CA; TFR Gallery, Leucadia, CA; Salon 91 Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa; Hatch Gallery, Oakland, CA; Together Gallery, Portland, Oregon; Aftermoden Gallery, San Francisco; and Brooklyn Fire proof Inc, New York, among others.

One of his recent solo shows was on display at Joseph Gross Gallery in New York in September 2015. Entitled Pareidolia, the exhibition presented a variety of paper pieces including framed artworks, three-dimensional pieces and a large scale installation. For this show the artist explored the psychological phenomenon of pareidolia – the perception of a visual or auditory pattern where there is none. The title image Pareidolia depicts a natural phenomenon similar to eclipse, saturated with symbolism significance by their human audience.


Pareidolia, 2015, Hand-Cut 100% Cotton Rag Paper, Framed, 2016
Tahiti Pehrson – Pareidolia, 2015

Facebook’s Artist in Residency and Gallery Representations

In April 2015 Pehrson’s work was acquired by the Facebook Permanent Collection. He spent two weeks at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters installing his largest work to date. The Facebook Artist in Residency program was founded by the social networking giant to showcase emerging artists.

Installation at Facebook’s Menlo Park Headquarters

installation at Facebook s Menlo Park headquarters, 2015
Tahiti Pehrson – installation at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters, 2015

Tahiti Pehrson is based in Nevada City, California.

Images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Facebook Artist in Residency, On site installation, permanent collectionPalo Alto, CaliforniaGroup
2015Tahiti PehrsonJoseph Gross Gallery, New York Solo
2014Light SuspensionK.Imperial Gallery, San FranciscoSolo
2014Fold,Paper, ScissorsMesa Arts Center, ArizonaGroup
2014New installationParachute Market, Los AngelesGroup
2014Variations & Betwixt, Window InstallationICA, San Jose Group
2014Clean water for the Philippines benefitWaves for WaterGroup
2014Juxtapoz Magazine, Univ SurfshopTFR Gallery, Leucadia, CaliforniaGroup
2014ConnectivitySalon 91 Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa Solo
2014New WorksMouki Mou, LondonSolo
2014In The MixK.Imperial Gallery, San Francisco Group
2014Five Year Anniversary showEvergold Gallery Group
2013Thinking Like the UniverseHatch Gallery, Oakland, CaliforniaGroup
2013New InstallationWCC, San FranciscoGroup
2013Circadian RhythmK. Imperial Fine Art, San FranciscoSolo
2013Needles & Pens, 10 Year Anniversary ShowThe Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
2013Auction to Benefit the ArtistsIncline Gallery, San Francisco, California Group
2013TransmissionsNeedles & Pens Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2013Love Me Tender: contemporary artists Working in CurrencyBellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WAGroup
2013Active Synchrony: New Works by Tahiti PehrsonUniversity of San FranciscoGroup
2012Sea of Love reconfigurationAlpha Building, Nevada City, CaliforniaGroup
2012Window Installation SiteSFAC Gallery, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
2012Everything Ever and Nothing NeverNeedles & Pens, San Francisco Group
2011Delta CorviTartine, San Francisco Solo
2011Current WorksWorks on Paper, San Francisco Solo
2011Theta PegasiEver Gold, San FranciscoSolo
2010Hand Over FistRVCA, San Francisco Group
2010Natural BeautyOxenrose, San Francisco Group
2010Hold on Let GoStumptown, Portland, OregonSolo
2009Double Trouble, Mentor showEvergold, San Francisco Group
2009Fools GoldEvergold, San Francisco Group
2009Scala NaturaeOxenrose, San Francisco Solo
2009Idle TiesTogether Gallery, Portland, OregonGroup
2009Now or NeverGallery Heist, San Francisco Group
2009Art Commission, Art in Storefronts, Window installationSan Francisco Group
2008Bicycle Film FestivalSan Francisco Group
2008Golden, works by Serena Cole, Tahiti Pehrson111 Minna, San Francisco Group
2008Bicycle Film FestivalMilan, ItalyGroup
2007Picture in Progress, League of Young VotersSan Francisco Group
2007Anniversary showAftermoden Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2006Shifting LandscapesAftermodern Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2006Salon de la CalifonieMaking Impressions, San FranciscoGroup
2006Mother TongueBrooklyn Fire proof Inc, New YorkGroup
2005Tahiti PehrsonHotel Biron, San Francisco Solo
2005Seven on Our sideLuggage Store Gallery, San Francisco Group
2005Yo mire un garza mora dandole combate a un rioAtelier Cardenas Bellanger, ParisGroup
2005Salon de Oublis September 05Making Impressions, San Francisco Group
2005Out of DoorsAftermodern, San FranciscoGroup