Australian artist Michael Staniak’s work is heavily focused on the nature of surface and the ways in which light, color, and texture can animate it novel ways. Adding a valence of modern digital culture to this investigation has transformed Staniak’s work into a powerful statement.
Many of Staniak’s creations begin with a literal construction process, as he often augments his compositional surface with additions of casting compounds to establish a rudimentary rhythm. From there he sprays acrylics across the surface in various patterns and gradients to allude to the precision of a mechanized printing process yet also leaving adequate reminders to recall the artist’s hand. By doing so, Staniak underscores the living quality of the image as an extension of the artist, a lasting reminder of the works physical presence as opposed to the ephemerality of online imagery.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1982, Staniak earned a BA from Middle Tennessee State University in 2003 before pursuing a BFA at the Victorian College of the Arts University of Melbourne, which he completed in 2009. Most recently, Staniak achieved an MFA from the same institution in 2011. Still based in Melbourne today, Staniak has enjoyed a rigorous exhibition schedule for his work. Recent solo showcases include those at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2015); the Annarumma Gallery, Naples (2015); and the Steve Turner gallery in Los Angeles (2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017).
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