Michael Staniak

From Memory

May 6 – June 10, 2017
Opening Reception: May 6, 7 – 9pm

  

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Michael Staniak: From Memory, Installation view, Steve Turner, May 2017

Michael Staniak: From Memory, Installation view, Steve Turner, May 2017

Michael Staniak: From Memory, Installation view, Steve Turner, May 2017

Michael Staniak: From Memory, Installation view, Steve Turner, May 2017

Michael Staniak: From Memory, Installation view, Steve Turner, May 2017

Michael Staniak: From Memory, Installation view, Steve Turner, May 2017

Michael Staniak: From Memory, Installation view, Steve Turner, May 2017

Michael Staniak: From Memory, Installation view, Steve Turner, May 2017

Michael Staniak. OBJ_390, 2017. Polyurethane resin and acrylic, 27 x 20 x 4 inches

Michael Staniak. OBJ_390, 2017. Polyurethane resin and acrylic, 27 x 20 x 4 inches

Michael Staniak. OBJ_390, 2017. Polyurethane resin and acrylic, 27 x 20 x 4 inches (detail)

Michael Staniak. OBJ_393, 2017. Polyurethane resin and acrylic, 25 x 20 x 4 inches

Michael Staniak. OBJ_393, 2017. Polyurethane resin and acrylic, 25 x 20 x 4 inches

Michael Staniak. OBJ_393, 2017. Polyurethane resin and acrylic, 25 x 20 x 4 inches (detail)

Michael Staniak. OBJ_395, 2017. Polyurethane resin and acrylic, 25 1/2 x 20 x 4 inches

Michael Staniak. OBJ_395, 2017. Polyurethane resin and acrylic, 25 1/2 x 20 x 4 inches

Michael Staniak. OBJ_395, 2017. Polyurethane resin and acrylic, 25 1/2 x 20 x 4 inches (detail)

Michael Staniak. OBJ_392, 2017. Polyurethane resin and acrylic, 27 1/2 x 20 x 4 inches

Michael Staniak. OBJ_392, 2017. Polyurethane resin and acrylic, 27 1/2 x 20 x 4 inches

Michael Staniak. OBJ_392, 2017. Polyurethane resin and acrylic, 27 1/2 x 20 x 4 inches (detail)

Michael Staniak. OBJ_394, 2017. Polyurethane resin and acrylic, 27 x 20 x 4 inches

Michael Staniak. OBJ_394, 2017. Polyurethane resin and acrylic, 27 x 20 x 4 inches

Michael Staniak. OBJ_394, 2017. Polyurethane resin and acrylic, 27 x 20 x 4 inches (detail)

Michael Staniak. OBJ_391, 2017. Polyurethane resin, bronze powder and acrylic, 24 x 20 x 4 inches

Michael Staniak. OBJ_391, 2017. Polyurethane resin, bronze powder and acrylic, 24 x 20 x 4 inches

Michael Staniak. OBJ_391, 2017. Polyurethane resin, bronze powder and acrylic, 24 x 20 x 4 inches (detail)

Michael Staniak. OBJ_389, 2017. Polyurethane resin and acrylic, 25 x 20 x 4 inches

Michael Staniak. OBJ_389, 2017. Polyurethane resin and acrylic, 25 x 20 x 4 inches

Michael Staniak. OBJ_389, 2017. Polyurethane resin and acrylic, 25 x 20 x 4 inches (detail)

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Steve Turner is pleased to present From Memory, a solo exhibition by Melbourne-based Michael Staniak. This is the artist’s fourth solo exhibition with Steve Turner, and will feature seven new relief paintings based on high-resolution 3D scans of the facades of historic landmark buildings in Krakow and Vienna.

Made through a process of distorting and warping relevant scans using open-source software, Staniak’s works are the product of his continual exploration of the changing dynamics of images in light of the proliferation of digital culture. Even though they are monochromatic, they actually are optically complicated, full of undulating recesses that create a range of hues based solely on the effect of light and shadow. In addition to  Staniak’s identification with an art-historical heritage that includes cave paintings, ancient marble reliefs, minimalism and drip paintings, he also adds to the legacy of Southern California’s Finish Fetish artists of the 1960s and 1970s and the Light and Space artists of the same era.

Michael Staniak (born 1982, Melbourne) earned a BFA and an MFA from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne as well as a BA from Middle Tennessee State University. He has had solo exhibitions at Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2015); Annarumma Gallery, Naples (2015); and Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2014 & 2015). His work has been included in group shows at the Moving Museum’s Istanbul project (2014) and Kunsthalle Vienna (2014, 2015). The Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis will publish a monograph later this year.

Born 1982, Melbourne
Lives and works in Melbourne

Education

2011 MFA, Victorian College of the Arts University of Melbourne
2009 BFA, Victorian College of the Arts University of Melbourne
2003 BA, Mass Communication (Digital Media), Middle Tennessee State University

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2017
From Memory, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2016
Anytime Anywhere, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2015
New Surface, NKN, Melbourne
Solid State, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
IMG_, Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis
Permanent Display, Annarumma Gallery, Naples

2014
Art Rio (with Rafaël Rozendaal & Steve Turner, Los Angeles)
Data Loss, NKN Gallery, Melbourne
Slow Pictures, Artereal Gallery, Sydney
Internet Blueprints, Art Brussels (with Steve Turner, Los Angeles)
Image DNA, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2013
STANDARD OUTPUT, Block Projects, Melbourne
INSTAPAINT, Paradise Hills, Melbourne

2012
Square of Heroes, Artereal Gallery, Sydney

2011
History Suspended, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
Liquid Crystal Baroque, Metro Gallery, Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017
Art Brussels (with Steve Turner)
Extracting/Abstracting, Steve Turner

2016
Untitled, Miami Beach (with Steve Turner)
CODE Art Fair (with Steve Turner), Copenhagen
Seattle Art Fair (with Steve Turner)
Antiques Roadshow, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne
Dallas Art Fair (with Steve Turner)

2015
I Was Once Lonelyness, Blain|Southern, Berlin
UNTITLED (with Steve Turner), Miami Beach
EXPO Chicago (with Steve Turner)
Extraction, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Hunted Projects: Work on Paper, Gastatelier Leo XIII, Tilburg, Netherlands (Curated by Steven Cox)
The Future of Memory, Kunsthalle Vienna
Space Program, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2014
UNTITLED. (with Steve Turner), Miami Beach
Moving Museum, Istanbul
ARTBO (with Steve Turner, Los Angeles) Bogotá
Blue Times, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
Go With the Flow, The Hole, New York
Side Project, Academy of Design Australia, Melbourne
Bien Ou Bien?, Moncheri, Brussels
The Salon is a Living Room, Fanny, Berta, Vienna
Zona Maco (with Steve Turner, Los Angeles), Mexico City

2013
Merge Visible, Horton Gallery, New York
UNTITLED. Miami Beach (with Steve Turner, Los Angeles)
The Wrong: New Digital Art Biennale, São Paulo (curator)
Sydney Contemporary 13 Art Fair, with Artereal Gallery, Sydney
#Pseudoreal, Charles Bank Gallery, New York
Summer Hang, Charles Bank Gallery, New York
Paint 13, Artereal Gallery, Sydney
Everything At Once, Paradise Hills, Melbourne

2012
POLAR Edition 1, Polarspace.org (online)
Primal Mutation, Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin
Not Fair Art Fair, Melbourne
VCA MFA Graduation Exhibition, Margeret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne

Awards and Grants
2013 Australia Council Artstart Grant
2010 Australian Post-Graduate Award
2009 Stirling Group Award, Melbourne
2008 Acacia Award, Melbourne

Bibliography

2016
Jassan, Alejandro. “Michael_Staniak.jpg”, Elle Mexico, September
Jeffrey Uslip, Alex Bacon, Dave Walsh. Michael Staniak: IMG_, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Monograph
Ernesto Esposito. Face to Face, Salerno, Exhibition Catalogue
Michael Staniak Interview, MTV RE:DEFINE, April 6

2015
Tracey Emin, John Baldessari, Ryan McGinley, Sarah Nicole Prickett and Simon Castets. FEELINGS: SOFT ART
Moore, TV. Free Soloing on the New Surface – A quick chat with TV Moore, October
Jennifer, Noémie. “Look Closely: It’s a Painting, Not an Inkjet Print,” Vice, August 20
Bacon, Alex. “Artist Profile: Michael Staniak,” Rhizome, August 5
Openshaw, Jonathan. “Postdigital Artisans,” p. 132
Cox, Steven. “Interview with Michael Staniak,” Hunted Projects, May 4
Tsui, Denise. “New Currents: Material World,” Art Asia Pacific, Issue 92, March / April

2014
“SFAQ Pick: Untitled Miami Beach,”
SFAQ.us, December 1
“Steve Turner Contemporary Artists Included in Best Art Exhibitions This Month,” Complex, August 6
Pangburn, DJ. “We Went To The UK’s First Major Digital Art Auction,” The Creators Project (VICE), July 7
Forrest, Nicholas. “Australian Artist Michael Staniak Tops Phillips’ Paddles ON! Auction,”  BLOUIN ARTINFO, July 7
Nguyen, Yasmin. “10 Questions: Michael Staniak.” Vault Magazine, Issue 6, April

2013
Forrest, Nicholas. “Australia’s Paradise Hills at ‘The Wrong’ Digital Art Biennale,” Art F City, November 19
Staniak, Michael. Standard Output, Block Projects, Melbourne, August 24
Gordon, Michelle and Parker Ito. Instapaint, Paradise Hills, Melbourne, May