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“Marginalia, or the Sidenotes” of Aliaksandr Kanavalau

On August 23, 2018 at 17:00 the opening of the exhibition “Marginalia, or the Sidenotes”, timed to the 70th anniversary of the Polack artist Aliaksandr Kanavalau (born 1948) will take place at the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus. The exhibition will feature more than 40 paintings and graphics from the author’s collection, created in the past 20 years. The short film “Masterclass from the Author” will tell about the fascinating process of turning a “blank slate” into the complete work. The exhibition will be open to public from August 24 to September 23, 2018.

The bright, dynamic artist has a complex and versatile, sensitive and sublime personality. In his desire to examine and reflect the world, he, as a demiurge, a talented person and a successful artist, is rarely satisfied with the results of his own creative work. The name of the anniversary exhibition reveals the specifics of the artist’s creativity of recent decades. The term “marginalia” (from Latin “on the periphery”) means drawings and notes on the margins of books, manuscripts, letters that contain comments, interpretations, opinions on fragments of text or thought. In the history of Belarusian art, Aliaksandr Kanavalau leaves his artistic “notes” that stand out of the general course.

In his work the artist moves to a painting that does not “reflect” the object, depicting the external, but rather expresses the internal. He notes for himself that "art is not just a game, it's that elusive subconscious, that can help you to approach the illusory nature of the universe if you study it and trust it." Used as the main principle of form building, collage/assemblage method with all its consistency is highly variable, and the artist skillfully and freely overcomes the possible moments of monotony. Aliaksandr Kanavalau performs different roles: he is an architect, a colorist and a stage director. His paintings and graphic works reveal an attractive force that makes you peer at these compound compositions, filled with color, line and texture. His collages that unite painting and substance are fragments of the real world, they carry tactile information. The artist is looking for a different, supersensual level of perception, in which, intuitively, perhaps, “the existence in its authenticity in the timeless continuum" is revealed.