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Ivan Alifan

cantaloupe

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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Due to the building guidelines that are in place in response to the COVID-19 situation, we are unable to install a new art exhibit in 2020 in our Farmington Hills, Michigan and Fort Worth, Texas offices.

Thankfully, the majority of artists who currently have their work on display in our Michigan and Texas locations have graciously allowed us to continue to do so for another year, through the spring of 2021. We would like to extend a huge thank you to those artists and we look forward to continuing with a new exhibition in the summer of 2021.