AD 144 | Alex Kanevsky
“Painting In A Cabin In The Woods”

Alex Kanevsky was born in Russia in 1963. He studied mathematics at Vilnius University in Lithuania before coming to the United States. After his arrival to Philadelphia in 1983 he worked as Russian translator, illustrator at the Psychiatric Nursing Magazine and drew pictures for the telephone book advertisements. After attending PAFA (1989-93) and winning a Pew Fellowship (1997) he devoted himself to painting full time. Alex Kanevsky lives and works in New Hampshire. He has exhibited his work in the United States, Canada, Italy, UK, France and Ireland. His work is represented by Hollis Taggart in New York and Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco.

Show Notes:
  • 0:00:00 - Introduction
  • 0:03:46 - Dividing Time Between Philadelphia and Rural New Hampshire
  • 0:05:27 - Approach to Clarity Within His Work and Country Life
  • 0:13:49 - Spending Time in Natural Environment vs "Curated" City Life
  • 0:20:20 - Motive to Move Into The Countryside
  • 0:26:20 - The Idea of Dying and Aging as an Artist
  • 0:29:45 - Art Living on After Death and Trying to Give Up Perfection
  • 0:32:10 - Open To Both Positive and Negative Influences
  • 0:35:39 - Patrick Graham's Life Altering Experience in Comparison to Kanevsky
  • 0:43:42 - The Thrown Away Nature of Social Media and Hobbies
  • 0:47:58 - Downtime and Mental Fortitude
  • 0:51:39 - His Show Persephone and The Idea of Duality and Imperfection of Humanity
  • 0:56:49 - His History of Painting and Uninterested in Technical Painting
  • 1:07:34 - Story of Gerhard Richter and Cecily Brown as Painting as Product
  • 1:14:22 - Advice to Artists
  • 1:20:07 - Jonathan Glazer's film Under The Skin & Charlie Kaufman's film Synecdoche, New York
  • 1:25:51 - Wrap Up

Posted 02.18.2020


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