In this studio visit, painter Keer Tanchak talks about engaging with art history, the evolution of her work and material processes, fostering relationships with galleries, using resources like the bimonthly publication New American Paintings, and the day-to-day struggle of growing a career.
“It’s about getting that work together and not waiting for it all to happen––because that’s never going to culminate in one moment [when you think] I’m ready––but in the meantime, what’s that step? Apply for that. Who was that person who said something about that? Okay, email them. Just baby steps. That’s how it goes.”
Canadian-born Keer Tanchak works with metal as a base for her irregularly shaped paintings inspired by Rococo imagery and engaging themes of leisure and frivolity. She completed a B.F.A. at Concordia University in Montréal (2000) and an M.F.A. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2003), where she was awarded an M.F.A. Fellowship upon graduation. In 2009, Tanchak received the Artist Fellowship Award from the Illinois Arts Council. She is represented by DEAN PROJECT in New York City and lives and works in Chicago.