Adam Matak: Let a Thousand Blossoms Bloom


Adam Matak
Let a Thousand Blossoms Bloom

October 9 – November 2, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 10, 3-5pm

Turning his attention to the world of nature in a time that is largely unnatural; Matak composes floral arrangements from the “garden” of art history and mass culture. Let a Thousand Blossoms Bloom debuts two new bodies of work from Adam Matak, large-scale paintings and intimate collages.

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 their 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. The two new bodies of work focus on an aesthetic, sensory experience very much needed right now.

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.

Instagram: @yomatak

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