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Scott Wolniak: Alight
Scott Wolniak: Alight

Scott Wolniak: Alight

To Be Open Hearted, 2020. 16.5″ x 14”, ink, acrylic, and oil pastels on cut paper. Photo: Daisy Schultz.

About the Exhibition

Goldfinch is proud to present “Alight,” a solo exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Scott Wolniak in Gallery II. The exhibition will open Saturday, February 27, 2021, and is on view through April 10, 2021. Special Opening Weekend viewing hours are Saturday and Sunday, February 27-28, 12-4pm, by appointment.

Scott Wolniak’s multi-disciplinary practice encompasses painting, drawing, video, and sculpture; in all media, the Chicago-based artist is concerned with building relationships and spaces that he has described as “contemplative and funny.” Wolniak strives to create pictorial spaces that ask for and reward “slow” ways of looking.

“The accumulation of small marks, chance operations and textural fragments creates optical energy, and embodies an off-kilter sort of life-force that I think of as my style,” Wolniak recently noted. “Disparate sources such as natural phenomena, urban decay, new-age symbolism and studio-craft merge to illuminate everyday life within a cosmic context.”

In the new series of paintings and cut paper works included in Alight, invented botanical forms are the starting point for artistic improvisation. Plants and grass imagery provide Wolniak with “a flexible structural motif” that function both as symbols of the natural world as well as allegories for human behavior.

Artist’s Bio:

Scott Wolniak is a multidisciplinary artist, teacher and occasional curator based in Chicago. His work in drawing, painting, sculpture and video utilizes labor-intensive techniques and humble materials, along with humor and optical effects, to explore the ever-evolving relationship between landscape and abstraction, outer space and inner space. Wolniak has exhibited extensively throughout the US. His work has been written about in publications including ArtForum, Art in America and the Chicago Tribune, and is part of numerous permanent collections, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee. Wolniak received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995 and MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2002. He is an Instructional Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago.

Further Readings:

Voyage Chicago Interview

Michelle Grabner on Scott Wolniak at 65 Grand, Artforum