Eduardo Secci Gallery is pleased to present En Plein Écran, the solo online exhibition by the Australian artist Michael Staniak, the first of a two part exhibition, with the second chapter to be physically held at our gallery spaces in 2022. The show is opening today and it will last until May 9 2021.
En Plain Écran include Staniak’s last series of works exploring the intersection between physical and virtual experience. In a contemporaneity where our connection with alterity is constantly filtered by a screen, Staniak’s body of work questions our relationship with the natural world through the significance that the act of painting assumed across the years. Impressionists saw technology as an impulse to establish a direct and first hand relationship with the surrounding landscape, focusing on the creative process while trying to capture the instantaneity of a new rapidly changing historical period. Similarly, Staniak’s research, aware of the weight that new technologies have on our perception of images and nature, dwells on the exploration of organic elements and examines how we can reconcile with the natural realm.
Michael Staniak was born in Melbourne in 1982 where he currently lives and works. He obtained a BFA and a MFA from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, as well as a BA in Digital Media Communications from the Middle Tennessee State University. Staniak was the protagonist of personal exhibitions at the Eduardo Secci Gallery, Florence (2018); Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art in St. Louis, St. Louis (2015); Annarunna Gallery, Naples (2015); Artereal Gallery, Sydney (2014). Among the group shows we mention the exhibitions at the galleries: Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles (2018); Eduardo Secci Contemporary, Mexico (2018); Homeostatis Pavilion, São Paulo, Brazil; The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn (2017); Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2016); Blain Southern, Berlin (2015); The Moving Museum, Istanbul (2014); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2014); Horton Gallery, New York (2013); Northern Territory Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2012).In 2017, the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis published a monograph of his work, titled IMG_, which was then reported in numerous publications, including Artforum, Flashart Italy, Vault, Australia and Leap Beijing.