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Ivan Alifan


2013, Oil on canvas, 48"w x 72"h

This portrait—an ambiguous figurative painting that is revealed and transformed by the viewer—is an exploration of the modern gaze. It is not an attempt to render physical characteristics but rather an attempt to create a language of underlying sexual subtexts. Using ambiguity as a tool demands the viewers’ exploration of their psyches and provokes self-awareness. A painting that exists as an alluring object and shifts into an eroticized figure disarms and naturalizes, decriminalizing sex in art. Whether an individual sexualizes the figure or becomes embarrassed and nervous by the mere suggestion, it is all a process that occurs independently from the painting.

Ivan Alifan - cantaloupe

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