Adam Matak is a contemporary artist based in Toronto, Ontario and Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Matak makes work that complicates notions of value and the function of cultural objects. His work recalls the paraphrasing of art history and the simplification or flattening of historical narratives.
The Arrangements series merges Matak’s compulsion towards collecting and accumulating cultural iconography with his keen eye for interconnectivity. Employing materials like ballpoint pens, graffiti markers, acrylic and spray paint, Matak assembles floral motifs that burst with contemporary culture and art historical references, while blurring distinctions between what is considered high culture (museums, historic objects) and low culture (graphic novels, ornamentation, graffiti). Matak continues the tradition of symbolic and allegorical meaning in the floral still life, but thrusts the old genre into the present with drastic shifts and distortions in depth, scale and means of representation.
Matak has exhibited in both private and public galleries throughout Ontario and is collected locally and internationally.