We had the good fortune of connecting with Noah Chavkin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Noah, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Honestly, all of the greatest moments of my life thus far have been the direct result of risk taking. I think that taking risks is the best way to grow as a person because whether or not the risk “pays off” you will gain valuable lessons. The worst case scenario in any given situation is most likely not as bad as you think it is, so my advice is just to take the risk. Letting go of attachment to certain outcomes is the best and most beneficial way to approach life decisions.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I would describe myself as an observer. I am fascinated by the small nuances in life that others might overlook; because of this I have developed a unique perspective of the world, which I try to illustrate through my work. I am really interested in the relationships people have with each-other and their surroundings. Besides the subject matter, accessibility in art is the most important thing for me. Too often I find myself surrounded by pretentious art that creates a social barrier through its outrageous pricing and gaudy subject matter. I want to make art for ALL people, regardless of background or prior knowledge of “Art”. As humans, there are far more things that bring us together rather than divide us and I think it’s important to embrace those unique factors. That’s why I create.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For me personally, I am all about the food. Each city has a unique food landscape which tells you so much about the people who live there. I live in Portland and my top 5 must eat restaurants are (in no particular order): Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen, Pine State Biscuits, Marukin Ramen, Pambiche, & Paley’s Place. Other than restaurants, I am a big fan of outdoor parks and hiking trails and I try and get out as much as possible. The thing I love the most about Portland is the variety of activities you can do.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am incredibly blessed to have a very loving and supportive family which has really been my anchor. I have always been encouraged to be the most genuine version of myself, which has really allowed me to flower into the artist I am today.