“Music plays a huge role in my process. A few months ago I went to the art store to buy some brushes so I could finish the show. In the art store, they were playing this awesome song from the 90s, this house song by Black Box called Everybody Everybody. This song is so amazing: ‘Duh nuh. Duh nuh nah nah nah nah nah nah nah OW.’ Usually, they play shitty songs in the art store but this time they were totally on fire. And the vibe in the store was great! The customers and employees were all grooving together like we’d been transported into one of my fav movies of all time ‘Party Girl’ with Parker Posey. Anyway, I took this song and made a playlist of 90s house music, and I would wake up, make some coffee, listen to these songs and look at the paintings and try to figure out what I needed to do each day. The music was keeping me in this beautiful headspace that was positive and hypnotic.” - Raffi Kalenderian, Painter. The result is a fantastic abundance of whirling shapes and colours all clamouring for the viewer’s attention. A lot of joy goes into Kalenderian’s work. Between his messy studio and his experimental process, enjoyment, for him, is central to creativity. The process of making a painting is for Kalenderian charged with the same exuberance and excitement as the portraits themselves, often shifting and fluctuating according to experimentation.
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