Matt Antoniak - Sasquatch

6 Apr 2019 – 21 Apr 2019

Test Space

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • The 506 service runs between Spike Island, Bristol Temple Meads and Broadmead/Cabot Circus.
  • The Bristol Ferry Boat Company provides services from various points around Bristol, running every 40 minutes. From the SS Great Britain stop, follow the above walking route to Spike Island.
  • British Rail, Temple Meads, Bristol

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Matt Antoniak is an artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne. In this exhibition he will present a new body of paintings made over the past year, within a site-specific installation.



Matt Antoniak

5 April – 21 April

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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Test Space

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Matt Antoniak


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