One painting on top of another until . . .

kanevskyRick Harrington emailed me this interview. Love it.

“Build up your self esteem to the level that might seem unwarranted. This will help you ignore both positive and negative responses to your paintings. Both are usually misguided, since they come from the outside. Be your most severe and devastating critic, while never doubting that you are the best thing since sliced bread.”

“The moment something works well and is under control – is the time to give it up and try something else.”

“Put all your eggs in one basket. Precarious situations produce intense results.”

“Forget subjective, it is mostly trivial. Go for the universal.”

“Schiller decided that there are really just two kinds of artists: naive and sentimental. Naive artist works with the first-hand experiences, uncompromised by self-analysis. Sentimental are works that are self-aware of their place in history, theory, etc. One usually sees this kind of work accompanied by an artist statement. I think I am more naive than sentimental in the things that inspire me.”

–Alex Kanevsky, Vivianite


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