Sasquatch is an exhibition of paintings made over the past year by Matt Antoniak.
For the past 2 years, Matt 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.
Matt Antoniak (b.1991, Nottingham, lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne). 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.
Test Space is programmed by studio holders based at Spike Island and offers artists a chance to exhibit new works and test ideas. Artists from within the Spike Island community and beyond are included.