ART MINUTE

Art advice: 'If you can't make it good, make it big. If you can't make it big, make it red'

Jay Senetchko thinks it's important to keep an open mind about what art is and can be.

Jay Senetchko thinks it's important to keep an open mind about what art is and can be

(Jay Senetchko)

Edmonton-born, Vancouver-based painter Jay Senetchko once heard a saying from a friend that's become a bit of a mantra for his practice. "If you can't make it good, make it big. If you can't make it big, make it red."

Why?

"People love red paintings," he laughs.

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He can't remember who said it, but it's stuck with him. "For all I know at this point it could be something that I've thought of and I've just attributed it to somebody else."

When Senetchko thinks about what art is, he finds it best to keep an open mind. "The definition of what art is has become so varied that it's almost a meaningless term. But what's become obvious is that people like it that way for the most part."

He wants to avoid being skeptical of the new. "You know, you still get the old stereotype, like, sitting on a porch with a pitchfork railing against society: 'I want realism, only realism!' But I think that's the exception for especially anybody who's coming up in a younger generation."

See more of Jay Senetchko's work below:

(Jay Senetchko)
(Jay Senetchko)

Art Minute is a CBC Arts series taking you inside the minds of Canadian artists to hear what makes them tick and the ideas behind their work.

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