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“I wished to go completely outside and to make a symbolic start for my enterprise of regenerating the life of humankind within the body of society and to prepare a positive future in this context.”
- Joseph Beuys, Artist

Geoff's Statement

In the summer of 1993, conditions were demanding for me in San Francisco. It was a hard way to live. While not without great reward, life at that time was punctuated with repeated physically and spiritually punishing experiences that often left me depleted, broke, hungry and humiliated. But warmed by the sun, atop the scaffolding in the dirty little alleyways where I worked, I climbed and locked my legs into the crisscrossing metal tubing, held firm, and got a feel for the outer most limits of my abilities. I learned there in the Mission District painting vibrant murals with homeless men, drug addicts and Hispanic women, that we were kindred spirits and that I was pretty damn good at bridging what some tried to convince me were insurmountable gaps. What I learned as much as anything is that when the moment comes, I’ve been ready.

It was by chance that I stumbled into an apprenticeship with master muralist Susan Cervantes of Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center. She showed me first hand that making art as a way of life was not just a dream and that it could be made concrete, a real possibility even for one of those “Hillbilly Kids” from Appalachia Ohio who looked way out of place living, painting, running down dreams in a Latino community. I was living pretty close to the bone back then; crashing on couches here and there, house sitting from time to time for a safe place to sleep, odd jobs, paid in cash, carrying my money under the insole of my work boots while working alongside migrant “illegals,” this was my way of life.

Life in San Fransisco wasn’t glamorous, and almost 20 years later, neither is life now. My way of life now owes a lot to those days. I have worked on a farm, as a janitor and a teacher in order to buy myself time in the studio to focus on art. There is no shortage of stimulating challenges to resolve. This is my life. It suits me.

"Found Object Construction"
"I believe Geoff will challenge and strengthen public art programs in the future, making very real and useful contributions to the visusal arts."
Elaine Badgley Arnoux
Founder/ Executive Director
EBA School of Art,
San Francisco
"Geoff is a very sensitive young artist who has shown a remarkable understanding of community art . . . Geoff is exceptional in the way he is able to grasp the themes and see how the material can be integrated, creating a unique composite drawing."
Susan Cervantes
Director/Master Muralist
Precita Eyes Mural Art Center
San Francisco

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