Let a Thousand Blossoms Bloom
October 9-November 2 2020
Opening Reception Saturday October 10, 3-5pm
Debuting two new bodies of work, large-scale paintings and intimate collages, Adam Matak turns his attention to the world of nature in a time that is largely unnatural. In his first exhibition with Assembly Gallery, Matak composes floral arrangements from the “garden” of art history, mass culture and paint swatches.
The paintings utilize Matak’s compulsion towards collecting and accumulating cultural iconography to express feelings of life, mortality and human connection.
The artificiality of our current lived environment is heightened with Matak’s collages made of paint swatches, as the colour codes and identification numbers share the same space as the low relief imagery. As his paintings source material are other’s depictions of nature, the collages use depictions of colour used by local paint shops.
Adam Matak holds an MFA from Tufts University in conjunction with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. His practice centres around making images and objects that complicate notions of the meaning of cultural objects and modes of representation. Solo exhibitions include Le Gallery (Toronto), ARTCITE Inc. (Windsor), Agnes Jamieson Gallery (Minden Hills), and the Thames Art Gallery (Chatham). His work has been featured in the Canadian art history textbook Art Works as well as in The Hamilton Spectator, The Globe and Mail, National Post, and The Boston Globe.
image: Swatch Arrangement (NU10 Black Magic) Paint swatch collage. 6.25”x7.25”