Ivan Alifan is a Russian Canadian artist currently working in New York. Alifan graduated from OCAD University in 2012 with a BFA in Drawing and Painting. He participated in the Hermitage Museum residency in St. Petersburg and studied abroad in Florence, Italy.
Alifan has created a series of paintings where subjects are covered in a substance that seems somewhere between frosting and wet plaster. The series, titled “Not Milk”, plays on the beauty and terror of sex with the model immersed in a sensual but potentially suffocating world. The unsubtle title of the series is a bit on the nose but is in line with Alifan’s approach. Though the paintings lack the self-awareness of Will Cotton or the audacity of Blake Little’s Preservation series, at their best they successfully find the sense of the little death, beauty on the edge of panic.
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