Interviews | December 7, 2023 |

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Interview: Aleksander Politanski
Luca Curci
talks with Aleksander Politanski during the 17th Edition of VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

Aleksander Politański, the talented artist born on December 26, 1994, in the picturesque city of Częstochowa, proudly earned his master’s degree in Graphic Design from the esteemed Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw in 2022. His academic journey equipped him with the skills and knowledge to delve deep into the realm of visual creativity. Within Aleksander’s paintings and artistic creations, he passionately explores the interplay of vibrant colors, intricate illustrations, and the nostalgic allure of the 80’s aesthetic. His artistic style is a unique fusion of these elements, creating a tapestry of visual experiences that resonate with enthusiasts of art and design alike.

Having studied Graphic Design, Aleksander brings a structured understanding of the craft to his work, blending traditional techniques with contemporary innovation. His canvas becomes a playground where vivid hues come to life, where detailed illustrations tell stories, and where the spirit of the 80’s is reborn in a modern context. With each stroke of his brush and every carefully chosen color palette, Aleksander aims to evoke emotions and memories, inviting viewers into a world where creativity knows no bounds. Beyond the canvas, he is a surfer at heart, finding solace and inspiration in the rhythmic dance between man and the ocean. Embracing the spirit of adventure, Aleksander lives his life like a nomad, embracing the thrill of exploration and the freedom of the open road. This nomadic lifestyle fuels his creativity, allowing him to draw from diverse experiences and cultures, enriching his artistic endeavors.

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Luca Curci – What is art for you? 
Aleksander Politanski
Art, for me, serves as a sanctuary where I can escape the constraints of reality. When I immerse myself in the creative process, whether through painting, sculpting, or any other form, I find solace and freedom. It allows me to transcend the ordinary and explore realms of imagination and creativity, providing a temporary escape from the demands of everyday life. My mind is a canvas of vivid and diverse imagery. I often see things differently, envisioning alternate eras, blending aesthetics, and conjuring unreal scenarios. Through my art, I bring these imaginative visions to life. I might create artworks that depict surreal landscapes where the ocean meets the sky in hues unseen by human eyes, or where time seems to stand still, capturing the essence of my imaginative explorations.  Every moment of my life is a potential new painting waiting to be expressed. I believe in capturing the essence of these moments, whether it’s the hangover thoughts about life or the intensity of a fleeting emotion etched on a person’s face. Each frame of my life, as I perceive it, becomes a source of inspiration. I might create art that serves as a visual diary, capturing these moments and emotions with intricate brushstrokes or expressive forms.  However, just to be clear, I like to separate art for emotional expression and commercial art, strictly visual art for making money. But about the other one some other time.

LC – What is the trigger that leads you to paint? 
AP – The trigger that leads me to paint is a culmination of several factors, each playing a significant role in inspiring my creative process.  One of the triggers that often leads me to pick up a paintbrush is the precious commodity of free time. In the midst of a busy life, those moments of tranquillity and solitude become opportunities to indulge in my passion for painting. My mind is constantly buzzing with ideas, visions, and emotions waiting to be expressed. Painting becomes the channel through which I spill these innermost thoughts onto canvas. Each stroke of the brush is a deliberate attempt to translate the thoughts in my head into tangible, visual expressions. It’s a therapeutic process, allowing me to externalize my inner world and make it visible for others to experience. The desire to push my creative boundaries often triggers my painting sessions. I find motivation in encouraging myself to try new painting techniques, explore different styles, and experiment with various mediums. The excitement of the unknown, the thrill of discovering uncharted artistic territory, serves as a powerful catalyst. Whether it’s experimenting with abstract forms, mastering intricate details, or playing with vibrant colors, the challenge of trying something new fuels my artistic endeavors. 

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LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks? 
AP – The most challenging part about creating my artworks lies in the intricate process of translating the vivid imagery in my mind into tangible, visual forms. Several aspects contribute to the complexity of this endeavour: Precision of Imagination: One of the most daunting challenges is capturing the essence of what I envision with absolute precision. The images in my imagination are rich and detailed, and translating those intricate details onto canvas requires immense skill and patience. Ensuring that every stroke, color, and texture aligns perfectly with the mental picture is a constant struggle. 

Iterative Repainting: Achieving the desired effect often involves multiple iterations and relentless effort. I find myself repainting a canvas dozens of times, experimenting with various techniques and color palettes until I achieve the exact ambience I envision. Each layer is a step toward perfection, but it demands a great deal of perseverance and willingness to start anew when the result falls short of my expectations. Emotional Alignment: The emotions I feel in the moment significantly impact the outcome of my artwork. Sometimes, feeling the wrong emotions for a particular piece can hinder the creative process. If my emotional state doesn’t resonate with the essence of the artwork I intend to create, it becomes challenging to infuse the painting with the intended depth and authenticity. Striving to align my emotions with the artistic vision is an ongoing struggle and sometimes take a lot of time. 

In summary, the most challenging aspects of creating my artworks revolve around the meticulous precision required to match my mental imagery, the persistence needed for iterative repainting, the struggle to align my emotions with the artwork, and the critical role of maintaining the right mood throughout the creative journey. Each challenge, however, serves as a catalyst for growth and refinement, pushing me to continuously evolve as an artist… Sometimes few glasses of fine whiskey are the best cure for an artist’s block

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LC – Among the several techniques you use, which one do you prefer to practice and which of them are most compelling for you? 
AP – I have to admit that there is not one particular painting technique that I could consider my own and on which I focus the most. Despite attending a high school of fine arts and then studying graphic arts and design graphics, I was always self-taught and reached for inspiration out of the box. When I became seriously interested in painting, there would come a moment when I would come across someone’s work and I would think, “How did he get that effect?” Then I tried at all costs, trial and error method to get the same or similar effect as the original picture. I never signed these paintings because I treated them as sketches and didn’t want to plagiarize someone else’s work. However, there have been a few times that the technique I discovered was like a jackpot for me. From mixing flammable substances with paints to blowing up paint with firecrackers on canvas to shooting paint cans. It was the time when two painting styles were born in me: the pursuit of realism and expressionism. Initially, these two styles followed separate paths in my painting, until I matured to start combining them. 

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LC – Is there an unrealized or impossible project, even a crazy one, that you would like to work on? 
AP – My crazy mind has probably come up with such a project many times, I assume that many of them were created in a state of weightlessness, but one that has long been on my mind for a one-day mural. I dream of painting a huge mural (realistic), where the process will probably take many weeks, while the painting would only be visible for one day. After that day, the mural would have been painted white by me. The second idea is to paint a hundred windsurfing sails and ask a hundred raiders to sail right next to each other creating one big picture with the sails. I don’t know which idea is less likely to happen, but I do know that one day… I’ll make them happen someday! 

LC – Were we fascinated by your latest artistic production, were the presented graphics created for an exhibition or as part of previously existing works? 
AP – Well, I have to say 50-50 percent. One of the paintings was already finished, I brought it from the Czech Republic where it hung temporarily at my friend’s house. The second one was started for the purposes of the exhibition with itsliquid group. I took very quick work on finishing it. The third painting was created from scratch to finish very quickly… I had it in my head (like most paintings) for a long time, but it was the exhibition that gave me a big kick to finish the painting. 

LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition? 
AP – I’m very emotionally attached to each of these paintings, each for a different reason. The paintings “Sinking in Overthinking” and “Sorry I Melt Someone Else” show fragments of my own emotions as well as those of my close friends. These are moments captured in time, digested by my imagination and released on canvas. The third painting “It Wasn’t Her First Rodeo” is a captivating masterpiece that boldly explores the themes of desire, passion, and sexual freedom in the context of the modern world. This vibrant painting bursts with vivid colors, creating an electrifying visual experience that immediately draws the viewer in. The canvas comes alive with a riot of hues, reflecting the intensity and diversity of human emotions and desires. 

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us? 
AP – I have to admit that I really enjoyed working with ITSLIQUID GROUP. I felt cared for and guided from start to finish. I would like to definitely specify and thank you for the cooperation with Mrs. Seher Muhtar, who helped me with all the steps concerning the exhibition in Venice. I hope that my cooperation with ITSLIQUING GROUP will also bear fruit in 2024. 

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP? 
AP – What really strikes me about ITSLIQUID GROUP is its ability to curate events in some of the most prestigious locations. It’s like they’re not just organizing exhibitions; they’re crafting experiences. And these experiences, they’re not just about showcasing art but also sparking conversations. I appreciate how they facilitate dialogues about contemporary issues and artistic expressions, making art not just something you look at but something you deeply engage with. 

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