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Pacific Dissent is a free online and print art magazine. On this blog you will find contemporary art and contemporary photography as well as interviews with these artists and photographers. 

PACIFIC DISSENT INTERVIEWS ARTIST ERIC YEVAK

Composition 488, (work on paper). 44x72"

Composition 488, (work on paper). 44x72"

Composition 630, (work on paper). 17x24"

Composition 630, (work on paper). 17x24"

Composition 614, (work on paper). 44x72cm

Composition 614, (work on paper). 44x72cm

1. How do you know when a piece is finished?

There is a balance I am looking for, and a feeling of wholeness.

2. When did you begin painting? What inspired you to start?

I was young, early teens. It was the closest I could come to controlling a spiritual experience.

3. What artistic style influences you.

Early on it was the abstract expressionist, but minimalism and post structuralism also affected me. Punk and hardcore. But now it’s a mixture of all isms. I’m really influenced by the flattening of Art history, which is being driven by the Internet.

4. What is it about your chosen medium that draws you to it?

It has both meditative and violent parts. It allows for unlimited combinations.

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Composition 576, (work on wood). 23x33"

Composition 576, (work on wood). 23x33"

Composition 579, (work on wood). 36x48"

Composition 579, (work on wood). 36x48"

5. Are you motivated more by the creation of a piece or the finished product?

Wow that’s a good question. It has to be the idea of a finished piece. The process is very important to me, I am always changing my process, refining and experimenting, but at the end of the day if I don’t like the finished piece. Well that’s not a good day. I also like and enjoy when a piece fails, as long as it’s a big failure. I really enjoy being surprised in the work.

6. Do you feel as though your art is a representation of you, or the world as it appears around you?

Yes, in a sense it is a representation of me. All art is both personal and political. If an artist says her work is not political, well i feel that’s because that artist has political privilege affording her the ability to indulge her personal whims. Which is still political. My work is definitely more of an internal journey than a reflection of the out side world. 

You can check out more of Eric's work here on his website. 

Instagram: @EricYevak