Bassam Geitani  

About his work
Profoundly inflected by specific theoretical endeavors, Bassam Geinati's work, spanning across different symbolic orders and layers of representation, is an on-going investigation of materiality and surface. An oscillation, sometimes pictorial and sometimes sculptural, allows objects to retain their own material properties even as they are being transformed and synthesized on the canvas into different organic arrangements. A general idea of equilibrium inherited here not from mysticism but from the skepticism of science, unleashes centrifugal and centripetal forces that through motion, speed and rest, at different intervals, allow the world to remain fluid but yet fully formed. Fascinated by the scientist Leon Foucault's 'pendulum' and his empirical demonstration of the earth's rotation, Geitani takes on the mechanism's internal dynamic as an observation point. In this open field he does not restrain his own material which is allowed to fluctuate in any direction. Multi-sourced from the porous materiality of the everyday, Geitani's canvases are a tissue ready to absorb the sounds and pulsations of the immediate environment. The geometrical shapes are not haphazard: They're the result of visual investigations on the nature of living space.

Bassam Geitani was born in Lebanon in 1962 where he lives and works after living in Paris for fourteen years. He holds a master's degree in art from the University of Paris I-Sorbonne and teaches fine art at the Lebanese American University. He has held various solo and group exhibitions in Washington, Beirut, Paris, and London. At Galerie Janine Rubeiz: "Psychologie de la matière" (1998), "Le depli” (2001), "Sueurs d’acier” (2007), "Le pendule” (2011), "Clin D’œil" (2014). He participated in the exhibition "Pinceaux pour Plumes" (2006), for the benefit of the Lebanese Foundation of the National Library; and his work was acquired was acquired by the British Museum. His practice spans across painting, installation, film and performance. Geitani's work has been showcased in different venues and fairs, such as Art Dubai, the Sursock Museum, "Artist's View" in London, "Visages francophones" in Cahors, France, and "Rebirth" at the Beirut Exhibition Center. The artist's works have been auctioned during the Christie's Auction Sale in Dubai in 2006 and 2007; his work has been acquired by private collections in Lebanon and France and is permanently exhibited at Galerie Janine Rubeiz.