It’s not Milk by Ivan Alifan
- Caroline Kurze
Ivan Alifan’s series ‘It’s not Milk’ is a very intimate look at desire, allure, the gaze, and the underlying sexual subtexts of images. Using ambiguity as a tool demands the viewer’s exploration of their psyches and provokes self awareness.
To have a painting that can exist as an alluring object and shift into an eroticized figure disarms and naturalizes the modern gaze; decriminalizing sex in art. Whether an individual sexualizes the figure, or becomes embarrassed and nervous by the mere suggestion, this is all a process which occurs independently from the painting. Breaking down barriers of the different modes in which the body can exist in social spheres and contemporary art