San Francisco, California
To make art with all the questions answered deprives the viewer of the joy of participating in the act of creation. The choices I make between figuration and abstraction, between what is implied and what is revealed, serve to pull the viewer into the paintings surface and leave them with questions. My work is about transforming the mistake. In my process I re-use old paintings, actively damaging the surface to give each a history, with my goal to reflect more authentic concept of what is considered beautiful.
I believe that what you discard or cover up in a painting is as important as what remains visible, and that everything you need to know can be conveyed in a revealing gesture. The tilt of a brow, the slump of a seated figure, describes a weary life with minimal information; a visual haiku. A painting carries within it every choice the artist made when creating it, the conscious thought about what it should look like as well as the energy resulting from the Artist’s physical relationship with the canvas and every crossed out, erased and painted over false start. I have been refining an experimental technique for removing layers of paint which I call a lift. It reveals ghosts of underlying imagery, giving each work of art a unique complex history. This unorthodox process has become my own form of storytelling: visually communicating abstract concepts of impermanence, decay and fragility. The process is completely unpredictable. By giving up control, I am forced to stay lighthearted and adaptable to the paintings evolution. There is liberation in non-attachment, and it is this irreverence that has, as its core, a fearless leap of faith.
I am interested in exploring the tension between the energy of the heavily worked surfaces and the vast opaque spaces surrounding my abstract figures. Monumental, weighty, often crowding the edges of the canvas, they are almost larger than life, conveying a barely contained kinetic energy. My concerns are the interplay between our temporal weight and our spiritual lightness. My paintings are the fields upon which my spirit shadow boxes; control versus letting go, fear versus trust, infused with human sadness yet “… with the birds they share a longer view.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1964, Georgianne Fastaia graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Creative Writing from S.F.S.U. She started painting in 2001 and is self-taught.
Nieto Fine Art Gallery, 565 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
S.F. International Art Fair, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94103
Sandra Lee Gallery, 251 Post St # 310 San Francisco, CA 94108
Solo Exhibition, The Floating City, Arterra, 300 Berry St, San Francisco, CA 94158
Solo Exhibition, Wayfaring Stranger, Coda, 1710 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Accolades Gallery, 451 E. Main St. #9, Ventura, CA 93001
Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St, Sausalito, CA 94965
Solo Exhibition, The Children’s Room, I Spy Gallery, 1845 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Secession Gallery, 3361 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Solo Exhibition, After the Flood, Drugstore Gallery, 3149 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94110
Artist Exchange Gallery, 316916th St. San Francisco, CA 94103