Michael Staniak, ‘STL_845’, 2014, MSP Modern

About Michael Staniak

Michael Staniak’s work concerns the changing dynamics of images and materiality in light of the proliferation of digital culture. Grouped into the post-internet movement, Staniak’s process-oriented paintings explore the relationship between flatness and texture in digital images. To create his paintings, he builds up textural surfaces out of materials such as casting compound that he then sprays with acrylic paint, creating subtle gradients of texture color with minor stippling that evoke the effects of inkjet printers. The work oscillates between a sensation of a flat, screen-mediated image and the rich texture of an analog painting. For Staniak, the life of the painting both as object and image is crucial. “I consider the finished work as a moment in my practice; something to be considered and valued as an object that will ultimately end up as another picture entering the stream of the internet,” he has said.

Australian, b. 1982

Exhibition Highlights

2017
Los Angeles,
2016
2014
Los Angeles,
Image DNA
2013
Blueshift, 
New York,
#Pseudoreal

Solo Shows

2017
Los Angeles,
2016
2014
Los Angeles,
Image DNA
2013
Blueshift, 
New York,
#Pseudoreal

Group Shows

2015
Los Angeles,

Fair History on Artsy

2016
Steve Turner at Dallas Art Fair 2016
2015
Steve Turner at MiArt 2015
2014
Steve Turner Contemporary at ARTBO 2014
2014
Steve Turner Contemporary at ArtRio 14
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