Saturday, November 15, 2014

RELICS at ICA San Jose

 I'm happy to be included in Relics, a group exhibition at ICA San Jose curated by Cathy Kimball.


Nov. 8, 2014 — Jan. 24, 2015
Main Gallery
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
560 South First Street San Jose, CA 95113
Relics is a group exhibition that explores the consequences of today’s accelerated embrace of new technology as well as the political, social and environmental consequences of technical and functional obsolescence.
Curated by ICA Executive Director Cathy Kimball, the exhibition will include work by a wide range of artists from the Bay Area and beyond, including Jim Campbell, Ching Ching Cheng, Max de Esteban, Katheryn Dunlevie, Genevieve Hastings, Victoria Mara Heilweil, Ferit Kuyas, Shona Macdonald, MANUAL (Hill & Bloom), David Pace, Ulrike Palmbach, Francesca Pastine, Lucy Puls, Nicola Vruwink and Stephen Wirtz. Running through January 24, Relics is comprised of photographs, sculptures, works on paper and video that serve as forensic testimonies of dead technologies. From GPS navigation systems to the abundance of social media sites, advancements in technology over the past decade have dramatically changed the world. They affect how we live, how we do business, how we acquire information and how we communicate. Dozens of devices and formats that were once considered cutting-edge technology are now regarded as obsolete. Many common items that were once ubiquitous have vanished from our lives. Typewriters, pagers, 8-track tapes, walkmans, answering machines, slides and slide projectors are true relics of the past. How does our society dispose of these antiquated objects of recent history? What is the effect of society’s desire to “upgrade” at every time a new technological advancement is announced?

Mutual Fund Web #3

Monday, June 2, 2014


Closing our season, the Bedford will narrow its focus to the physical and historical world of the skull. The Skull Show examines the role that skulls have played in the historical register, as memento mori, traditional religious icons, and vanitas themes in still life paintings. The Skull Show will also highlight the role the skull has played in the contemporary arts, exploring its appearance in counter cultures such as skate, surf, tattoo, as well as urban graffiti projects.
Helen Altman
Chuck Anderson
Robert Arneson
Donald Baechler
Shawn Barber
Andres Basurto
Shaun Beaudry
Tony Bevilacqua
Tim Biskup
Jamey Brzezinksi
Rachel Caldwell
Enrique Chagoya
Lisette Chavez
Bill Claps
Kim Cogan
Melissa Cooke
Matthew Cox
Ben Cuevas
Fred Dalkey
Boo Davis
Merek Davis
Marc D'Estout
Brian Dettmer
Lorenzo M. Durán
Fred Einaudi
Esque Studio
David H. Everett
Jeremy Fish
Jeremy Fisher
Coco Fronsac
Jiri Geller
Mike Giant
Magnus Gjoen
Grady Gordon
Scott Greenwalt
Quinn Gregory
Andres Guerrero
Ali Gulec
Dana Harel
Joshua Harker
Molly Hatch
Stephanie Henderson
Ester Hernandez
Pete Hickok
Stephanie Hirsch
Evan Hobart
James Hopkins
Iggy & Lou Lou
Beto Janz
Paul Johns
Angie Jones
Erik Jones
Jules Julien
Vance Kelly
Joji Kojima
Chase Kunz
Ben Kwok (Bioworkz)
Hervé Lewis
Markus Linnenbrink
Gabriel Londis
Brian Luong
Kate MacDowell
Robert Mars
Karl McDade
Frodo Mikkelsen
Ryan Milner
Portia Munson
Gordon Parks
Francesca Pastine
Chris Peters
Beverly Rayner
Jim Riswold
Matt Ritchie
Phil Roberts
Laurel Roth
Anthony Santella
Amy Sarkisian
Gerrel Saunders
Noah Scalin
Bryan Schnelle
Lucien Shapiro
Richard Shaw
Maureen Shields
Jim Skull
Laurel Skye
Mike Peter Smith
Hunter Stabler
Andy Stattmiller
Clayton Thiel
Derik Van Beers
Winnie Truong
Beth Van Hoesen
Derik Van Beers
Ben Venom
Jake Watling
Todd Ryan White 

BEDFORD gallery • Lesher Center for the Arts • 1601 Civic Dr. Walnut Creek, CA 94596 • 925/295-1417 • 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014



Recent Exhibitions

My work is currently in an exhibit, Ex Libris, at J. Johnson Gallery in Jacksonville Beach Florida.
EX LIBRIS is on view through June 13th and features the work of Cara Barer, Doug Beube, Long-Bin Chen, Brian Dettmer, Jessica Drenk, Andrew Hayes, Guy Laramée, Francesca Pastine, andAlexander Korzer Robinson.
With an interweb as vast as our universe, printed matter and libraries are fading into digital media and marketing. Increasingly, artists are investigating the significance of books as material objects and information vessels, exploring contemporary ideas such as consumerism and relevance in a time of new technology.  By folding, cutting, manipulating and carving covers and paper pages, artists are transforming bound literature journals into extraordinary original works of fine art, exploring books as an innovative artistic medium.

Artforum 44 Clark
ArtForum #44, Unsolicited Collaboration with Michael Clark, 2012, 47 x 18 x 4.74 inches
artforum magazine, wood, screw, matte board, Plexiglas
177 4th Avenue North
Jacksonville Beach, FL
TEL 904 435 3200 | FAX 904 435 3210


Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Francesca Pastine from her Invisible Women Series, 2014, graphite on New York Times, 22 x 11 inches

pencils down panel

Pencils Down Associated Programs


Life/Drawing: A Conversation with the Artists

Moderated by Special Guest, Independent Curator and Writer Christian L. Frock
Saturday, March 8, 4 p.m.
Palo Alto Art Center, Meeting Room

Join exhibiting artists Libby Black, Kevin Chen, Francesca Pastine, and Chris Sicat for a public conversation with Christian L. Frock and gain insight into their lives and work.
The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art. See, make, and be inspired because everyone is an artist!
Location and General Contact Info:

1313 Newell Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
650.329.2366 T
650.326.6165 F


Saturday, February 8, 2014


Francesca Pastine


I hope everyone enjoyed a holiday season full of friends, family and festivities. I am looking forward to teaching some exciting classes at UC Berkeley Extension I would love to see some familiar faces while I'm there so please do get in touch or tell a friend.

Happy Chinese New Year!

~ Francesca

Contemporary Painting With Water-Based Media ART X414.3

Get an introduction to the process and techniques of traditional watercolor painting and water media as a component to mixed-media works. Engage in a laboratory of contemporary practice using water-based media such as paint, gouache and ink. Through directed experimentation, you learn to develop a unique visual language using this luminous and spontaneous medium. You also gain expertise by examining methods of critical analysis, color literacy and contemporary painting issues.

Applies Toward the Following Certificate(s) and Program(s)


Painting Fundamentals ART X410 or consent of instructor


ART X414.3 - 001 Contemporary Painting With Water-Based Media
2013-2014 - Spring 2014
Instructors: Francesca Pastine
Date/Time: Thu 1:30PM - 4:30PM
13 Feb 2014 to 17 Apr 2014
Building: UC Berkeley Extension Art and Design Center
Room: Classroom 213
Location: San Francisco
  • Instruction Method: Classroom
  • Number of Meetings: 10
  • Instructional Hours: 30.0
  • Available for Credit: 2 semester units
  • Course Fee(s): Fee credit (2 units) $455.00

Approaches to Abstraction in Painting ART X412.1

Understand the many options possible for making an abstract painting. Explore a variety of approaches, such as improvisational abstraction, geometric abstraction, process-based painting and abstraction based on mark making. The instructor offers demonstrations of painting techniques and image-illustrated lectures on the history of abstract painting and its current trends. Group discussions and critiques help familiarize you with the vocabulary and concepts involved in analyzing and evaluating abstraction.

Applies Toward the Following Certificate(s) and Program(s)


Painting Fundamentals ART X410 or consent of the instructor


ART X412.1 - 001 Approaches to Abstraction in Painting
2013-2014 - Spring 2014
Instructors: Francesca Pastine
Date/Time: Thu 6:30PM - 9:30PM
13 Feb 2014 to 1 May 2014
Building: UC Berkeley Extension Art and Design Center
Room: Classroom 213
Location: San Francisco
  • Instruction Method: Classroom
  • Number of Meetings: 12
  • Instructional Hours: 36.0
  • Available for Credit: 2 semester units
  • Course Fee(s): Fee credit (2 units) $455.00

Photos of Recent Openings

All the News That's Fit to Print at CCA, Photo Donna Ruff

Pencils Down, Palo Alto Art Center, photo Ciara Bedingfied

Obsessive Reductive, Museum of Craft and Design, photo Marta Sanchez