SHIFT features the work of contemporary painters Tiffany Calvert and Alex Kanevsky. Both artists explore the possibilities of abstracting a narrative while referencing art historical traditions. The visual disturbances created by each artist shift the viewer’s perceptions of classical forms. The human body, nature, and architecture are reimagined with a contemporary style that references technology and the persistent passage of time.
SHIFT, by Rochelle Belsito, American Art Collector, January 2020
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Date: November 22, 2019 – February 16, 2020
Venue: Lobby Gallery
Exhibiting Artists: Tiffany Calvert and Alex Kanevsky
Tiffany Calvert’s artwork integrates traditional and emerging media to investigate the changing nature of human perception. Her featured work in oil on large-format digital prints explores the effect of layering traditional media on the surface of a digital image. This series utilizes imagery sourced from Dutch floral still life painting and contemporary glitch aesthetic.
Calvert has exhibited her work in noted exhibitions in the United States, China, and the United Kingdom. She has been a recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship, the Victor Olorunsola Endowed Research Award at the University of Louisville, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Calvert has been an artist in residence at The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY; ArtOmi International Arts Center, Omi, NY; and Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA. She currently teaches painting and drawing at the University of Louisville.
Alex Kanevsky’s paintings capture the constant flow of time. Like the unreliable nature of memory and the imprecise atmosphere of poetry, his multilayered works provide more questions than answers. These paintings combine abstraction and figuration in layered compositions in which the artist strives to convey his own personal view of the world.
Kanevsky was born in Russia and studied theoretical mathematics at Vilnius University in Lithuania before coming to the United States in the early 1980s. He settled in Philadelphia and began painting classes at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts in 1989. After receiving a Pew Fellowship in 1997, Kanevsky was able to devote himself to painting full time. He has exhibited his work throughout the United States, Canada, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. He taught painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for fifteen years, and he currently lives and works in Philadelphia.