Michael Staniak paintings for sale
Michael Staniak is a painter whose interests are aligned with artists who use digital strategies to create objects or make works of art inspired by the culture of the web.
Michael Staniak earned a BFA and an MFA from the University of Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts in 2009 and 2011, respectively. Staniak’s affinity for digital technology stems from his time at Middle Tennessee State University where he accomplished a BMC in Digital Media Communications.
Staniak is both founder and director of Paradise Hills Gallery, an artist run initiative in one of Melbourne’s tucked-away warehouses. He has solo exhibitions at Nellie Castan, Metro Gallery and Blockprojects under his belt in Melbourne and a recent exhibition at Artereal Gallery, Sydney.
His paintings and sculptures are physical, tactile and hand-made but refer to and operate at the crossover of online and offline formats, of technology and plasticity. In an environment where computer generated imagery and electronic transmission has become the visual vernacular and way of seeing, he and his generation of artists are using, commenting on, imitating and finding inspiration for their pictorial worlds in digital technologies.
The net culture and techniques may be Michael Staniak’s subject for this body of work but his homage is still to painting, as is elaborated in his recent statement: Painting now exists in the hyper image production and sharing world of social media and the instantaneous shoot, download and upload of Instagram and Tumblr. The process of painting is antithetical to that of the way social media works with its constant updates, sharing, copying and pasting. Painting finds itself in a unique position where meditation and contemplation are both rare commodities and establishes it as a wondrous experience. Of course images of paintings will find themselves back in the stream of social media eventually, however their origin exists in real-time, in a physical space that allows the option of both readings.
Michael Staniak lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.