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Matthew Fasone Born September 23, 1975. Lives and works in Osaka, Japan
Educational and Fine Art Studies
2005 – 2006 New York Academy of Art
2004 – 2005 Bridgeview School of Fine Arts
2003 – 2004 Maryland College of Art and Design
1993 – 1998 Canisius College Fine Art Department
Matthew Fasone is a 41 year old artist from New York City who has been living and
working in Osaka, Japan since 2006.
Fasone's work can best be described as primitive. With the exception of his
encaustic paintings, the majority of Fasone's artworks are made from materials
found on the street, most notably cardboard, paper and wood. These abandoned
fragments still have life in them and for Fasone are aesthetically pleasing.
"Simply put, I've always been drawn to old, decaying things that exist in nature,
whether they may be organic or inorganic. My artworks are comprised of the
dichotomy between light and dark, warm and cool, harmony and tension, preservation
and destruction and mobility and stability. These contrary forces are actually
complementary, interconnected and interdependent and these dualities are the main
principles of yin yang in Chinese philosophy. For the past 10 years I've been
exploring these themes and the title of all of my exhibitions, regardless of my
medium, has been 'Excavation.'”The word excavation really serves two purposes.
The first is its literal meaning of unearthing something that has been buried, and
the surfaces of Fasone's artwork physically reflect this. The second meaning is
more conceptual and related to“digging deep”inside oneself to find that hidden
something and expose it.
There is a term in Japanese called wabisabi and wabisabi can be translated to mean
an aesthetic sense in art that emphasizes quiet simplicity and subdued refinement.
This term accurately describes Fasone's art. There is a certain sense of fragility
and naiveté in his archaic and primitive works and the found fragments from the
street that he uses share a non-hierarchal, symbiotic relationship. One cannot
exist without the other. One transforms the other. It is the existence of these
two things together and“how" they exist and work together as an artwork that is of
importance for Fasone. That's composition. The,“what is it?" bears little
importance. The dichotomy of Fasone's art emphasizes the importance of opposites
and, compositionally speaking, forces us to have a better understanding of the
nature of relationships.