Matt Antoniak - Sasquatch

Image Credit: Matt Antoniak

Test Space, Spike Island, 133 Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6UX

0117 929 2266
[email protected]

Saturday 06 April 2019 – Sunday 21 April 2019
Preview: Friday 5 April, 6-9pm
Opening Hours: 12-5pm daily except Mondays


Friday 5 April, 6-9pm

Sasquatch is an exhibition and installation of new paintings made in the past year by Matt Antoniak. 

For the past 2 years, Antoniak has been collecting and making work from the scraps of paper used to test materials at a local art store.  These scraps are covered in doodles and throwaway marks – which are then photographed, scanned, cropped and layered before being painted in detail.  

Instead of working towards mimicry, the forensic study given to these discarded marks opens up a flexible interpretation of the source material.  Deriving meaning from these works is left open ended, with a slippage in translation occurring through the process and formal qualities of the work. 

Within a current society personal opinion is increasingly black and white, and self-promotion is also on the upsurge.  On occasion uncomfortable with the emotional grandiosity of art-making (and painting within that), Antoniak seeks to create micro-authorships within his work, in an effort to push against the cliché of the intuitive gesture of the genius painter.

Matt Antoniak (b.1991, Nottingham).  Recent exhibitions include: Testing, Unit 3 Projects, London; Manchester Contemporary, w/ Workplace Foundation; The Everyday Political, CGP, London; Elbows at Dawn, Abingdon Studios, Blackpool.  Upcoming exhibitions include solo shows at Workplace Foundation, Gateshead, and Chopping Block, London.  Antoniak is co-director of the art organisations Slugtown and MILK.

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