Michael Antkowiak (Warsaw, 1977) is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, and completed his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2003. He has since exhibited in public and commercial galleries in Canada and abroad, including the Queens Museum of Art, in New York City, and Carrie Secrist Gallery, in Chicago, Il. Michael is a recipient of several artist’s grants and residencies, including the Toronto Arts Council Grant, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship. Michael lives and works in Toronto, and in addition to his studio practice, teaches as a drawing and painting instructor at OCAD University.
Patrick Staheli is a graduate of the BFA program at OCADU. Paintings grow out of different starting
points, simple compositional sketches,
improvised opening moves, or Photoshop
remixes of earlier works. In this way, my
studio practice becomes a sort of
self-perpetuating system like a feedback
loop, or an algorithm with a limited set of
components: tools, marks, colour,but where
adjusting one variable can lead to a myriad of new outcomes.
These paintings are an unsettled,
contradictory reaction to our constantly shifting visual culture.
JULY 8-29, 2017
Afternoon, oil on canvas, 18"x24", 2017
Hangouts, oil on canvas, 18"x24", 2017
Collector, oil on canvas, 18"x24", 2017
Appointment, oil on canvas, 12"x16", 2017
Beneath the Mountains, acrylic on canvas, 24"x18"
Slipshod Talk, acrylic on canvas, 36"x30", 2016
Cog-Dis, acrylic on canvas, 12"x12", 2017
Incog, acrylic on canvas, 12"x12", 2017
Witch House, acrylic on canvas, 12"x12", 2016
World on Pause,acrylic on canvas, 24"x18", 2015
Village with a Stranger, acrylic on canvas, 12"x12", 2016
Motorik, acrylic on canvas, 36"x36", 2014
WIL KUCEY GALLERY
1183 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Director: Wil Kucey
Gallery Manager: Vinna Ly