Coming and Becoming

Breanna Fabbro

This exhibition opens on Friday, May 6th, 7:00–9:00 PM
Exhibition runs through Sunday, May 22nd, 2016.
Gallery Hours:
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 4 pm,
or by appointment.

Coming and Becoming presents a series of paintings from the past summer. These works investigate the possibilities of examining paintings that have been discarded, and repurposed as a physical form — such that I found myself tearing paintings off their stretchers, crumpling, draping, and hanging them. I constructed temporal scenarios in my studio and began depicting the habitual experiences of manipulating these forms as a way of exploring painted action — paint sliding off or covering objects, melting, folding, molting, and taking new form. Each iteration the canvas-as-object took, imposed a deviation from its original form and conjointly, alternate interactions with the object.

These works are evocative of still-life while also departing from the normative apperceptions of the genre. I am interested in exploring how phenomenological experience and habitual action can be depicted visually through painting. Objects in the world are alive — we make them alive with our constant interaction with them. In this way, the temporality of both object and background can be manipulated and transitioned into new scenarios and possibilities. Apropos to life and mortality in the still-life canon, my paintings are a return to life and its inherent momentum, subsumed by discovery, failure, and regeneration.

Artist Bio:
Breanna Fabbro holds a BFA with distinction from Concordia University (2008) and is a current MFA candidate at the University of Victoria, expecting to graduate this spring (2016). Her art practice explores painting and investigates the temporality of how we engage with objects and the actions used to active them in a space.

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