#144: Alex Kanevsky - "Painting In A Cabin In The Woods"

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Feb 19, 20201h 26m
#144: Alex Kanevsky - "Painting In A Cabin In The Woods"
Feb 191h 26m
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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.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Dividing his time between Philadelphia and rural New Hampshire
  • Recently wanting to spend more time in a natural environment instead of a “curated” city
  • Worrying less about perfection and focusing more on freshness as Kanevsky grows as an artist
  • Being open as an artist to both positive and negative influences
  • Not having a concern about how his paintings will live on after him 
  • His show Persephone, and the idea of duality and imperfection of humanity 
  • How Kanevsky finds less interest in the technical aspect of making art
  • Developing skills simply through the practice of painting
  • Kanevsky's paintings in Charlie Kaufman's film Synecdoche, New York
  • Artists mentioned: Jenny Pochinski, Patrick Graham, Gerhard Richter


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