I am more inclined to read something if I like a picture that is next to it. Chances are, most people are like me. That’s because so much of experiencing life is non-verbal. As much as I enjoy writing, I find that words are inert. Meaning comes via experience. And what I have experienced is very different that what you may have.
As humans, we are always trying to bridge this communication gap. The desire to connect with one another fuels the creative process. Frustration also is a key factor to trying new was of expression. Words can be an imperfect medium. So why not express yourself in a different way?
Chelsea Hotel Landscape by Alex Kanevsky. Oil on board, 48″ x 48″. Image courtesy of Somepaintings.net
This concept the very reason that fashion and art are so important to me. Every day, I can express myself without a word simply by choosing an outfit. I connect with art in a similar manner. What I like to look, and paint, at can vary depending on my mood. With both fashion and art, I have found that so much of what I am drawn to has to do with color.
Waves by Alex Kanevsky. Image courtesy of Somepaintings.net
After a long hiatus, I began painting again with my friend David Ohlerking. It’s been great fun creating art again, after a long time of only writing about it. The act of mixing colors and pushing them around the canvas makes me feel free. It has also made me more in tune with my own emotional responses.
David has studied with Alex Kanevsky, who teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Alex currently has a show at the Woodmere Art Museum. I attended a few days ago, and felt an overwhelming sense of tranquility when looking at Alex’s work. There is just something about the way he uses blue, green, and white in his composition that makes me feel at ease.
Hall by Alex Kanevsky. Image courtesy of Somepaintings.net
The exhibition catalog contained an interview with Alex that interested me. He explained the way he approaches painting. He is only interested in expressing something personal. His paintings made me eager to read the interview, in which he explained:
“It [themes in his paintings] basically deals with reality in the same way as Rorschach blots would deal with memories. Recognizable pieces of reality are used to trigger an emotional response, and this is the same way I looked at those paintings. I really don’t care if it’s buildings or trees or people or something completely abstract. I want to see how it triggers my emotional response and shapes my perceptions of the world.”
Back Yard by Alex Kanevsky. Oil on linen, 66″ x 66″. Image courtesy of Somepaintings.net
Through painting, Alex also explained that he is able to change his reality instead of letting it change him:
“I have particular emotional climates in mind, and I pick and choose a piece of reality that seems to associate with that emotional climate to include in the painting. . .I start with a feeling of how I want the emotional climate to be, and then I choose a piece of reality that hits that. . . What changes is reality – quite drastically – [not the way I feel towards it].”
It sounds a lot like the way I get dressed.
Laundry in Vezelay by Alex Kanevsky. Oil on board, 48″ x 48″. Image courtesy of Somepaintings.net
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