To Break is to Build

01.10.16 – 02.13.16

Scott Wolniak
To Break is to Build

January 10 – February 13, 2016 Scott Wolniak’s hybrid practice engages with material processes, temporality, a philosophy of craft and areas of overlap between the studio and everyday phenomena.

To Break is to Build presents a selection of disparate pieces, which are installed as a set. The three main elements in this show are shape-shifters: A painting too large to fit in the space becomes an improvised wall; a carved plaster painting bends over backwards; and a silent, projected video illuminates the micro-optical flow of dust in the (studio) air. These works each attempt to test material limits in particular ways that shift between gestural, comedic, violent, beautiful and contemplative.

In the studio, questions of damage and disintegration, and the intentional misuse of materials and techniques can be explored without negativity, recognizing that destruction is a fundamental aspect of creation.

A small selection of recent Tablet paintings will also be on view in the off space.

Scott Wolniak is a multidisciplinary artist, teacher and occasional curator based in Chicago. His work in drawing, painting, sculpture and video has been exhibited extensively and reviews of his work have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Art News, New City, the Chicago Tribune and New American Paintings.

He has had solo shows at the Lynden Sculpture Garden in Milwaukee; The Chicago Cultural Center, The Hyde Park Art Center, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Valerie Carberry Gallery, Andrew Rafacz Gallery and 65Grand, in Chicago; Hap Gallery in Portland and Lump Gallery in Raleigh. Wolniak received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995 and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2002. He recently participated in the symposium,“Painting and its Humors” at University of Chicago and is co-organizing the exhibition,“Physical Painting” with curator Jennifer Samet, to be shown at SUNY Purchase Maas Gallery in February, 2016. He teaches in the Department of Visual Art at the University of Chicago.
www.scottwolniak.com

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    Performance still for To Break is to Build: Video, 2015

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    To Break is to Build: Video (2015)

    .55 (loop), HD video with sound QuickTime file on flash drive unlimited edition,

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    Installation view, To Break is to Build, January 2016

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    Tablet: Vision Phase 2 (2014 - 2015)

    ink, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, chalk on plaster with steel mesh on panel, 24 × 21 inches

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    Purplish Tablet (2015)

    ink, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, chalk on plaster, 8 × 7 × 1.5 inches

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    Installation view, To Break is to Build, January 2016

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    Installation view, To Break is to Build, January 2016

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    Tablet XI (Lean-to) (2015)

    ink, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, pastel chalk on cast/carved plaster with burlap and steel mesh, bamboo stick ,

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    Tablet XI (Lean-to)

    ink, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, pastel chalk on cast/carved plaster with burlap and steel mesh, bamboo stick ,

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    Tablet XI (Lean-to) (2015)

    ink, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, pastel chalk on cast/carved plaster with burlap and steel mesh, bamboo stick ,

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    Tablet XI (Lean-to) (2015)

    ink, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, pastel chalk on cast/carved plaster with burlap and steel mesh, bamboo stick ,

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    Studio Air (2015)

    HD video, 5:05

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    Studio Air (2015)

    HD video, 5:05

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    Studio Air (2015)

    HD video, 5:05

Current

Jason Karolak

Slow Talkers

04.02.17 – 05.06.17

offspace

Melissa Pokorny

Call If You Need Me

04.02.17 – 05.06.17

Archive

offspace

Paul Erschen

Cloven

02.19.17 – 02.25.17

Sean Sullivan

Sunset, Saudade Station

02.19.17 – 03.26.17

Peggy Casey

Gun Shadows

01.08.17 – 02.11.17

Matt Phillips

Yard Sale

10.30.16 – 12.17.16

offspace

Steve Reber

copy, fax… cut and paste

10.30.16 – 12.17.16

offspace

Allison Wade

Know Better

08.28.16 – 10.15.16

Alain Biltereyst

Not Just Because

08.28.16 – 10.15.16

Christine Tarkowski

Chthonic Void

04.03.16 – 05.14.16

Mike Andrews

The Friends and Family Plan

02.21.16 – 03.26.16

offspace

Conrad Bakker

Untitled Project: Still Life / Style Leaf

02.21.16 – 03.26.16

offspace

Turquoise Sunset

01.10.16 – 02.13.16

Scott Wolniak

To Break is to Build

01.10.16 – 02.13.16

offspace

Amy Yoes

Structurals and Sightlines

11.01.15 – 12.12.15

Christopher Michlig

To Everyone

11.01.15 – 12.12.15

Bradley Biancardi, Austin Eddy, Annie Hémond Hotte, Shara Hughes and Tracy Thomason

08.30.15 – 10.17.15

offspace

Steven Husby

myotherisanother

04.26.15 – 06.13.15

Jessie Mott

What Creature Deserves Such Devotion

04.26.15 – 06.13.15

Cody Tumblin

Tell Tale

03.15.15 – 04.18.15

offspace

Angharad Davies

You Know That As Radiant

03.15.15 – 04.18.15

Leslie Baum + Allison Wade

01.31.15 – 03.07.15

Katy Cowan + Michael Milano

work : work

12.14.14 – 01.25.15

offspace

Monika Bartholomé

Night Walk

10.26.14 – 12.06.14

Aron Gent

Pure Pictures, Perfect Prints

10.26.14 – 12.06.14

offspace

Aaron Carpenter + Philip von Zweck

Cartoons + C.A.B.S.

09.07.14 – 10.18.14

Franziska Holstein

Works on Paper

09.07.14 – 10.18.14

Seth Hunter

held/crushed

07.20.14 – 07.20.14

Mistakes Have Hidden Intention

05.25.14 – 06.28.14

Gerd Borkelmann

Different Every Day

03.09.14 – 04.12.14

offspace

Mike Rea

Exile on Main Street

03.09.14 – 04.12.14

offspace

Felix Malnig

Fringe Area

01.26.14 – 03.01.14

Craig Yu

Phantom Limb

01.26.14 – 03.01.14

Peter Fagundo

Model Questions for the Sun, the See and Other Things…

12.15.13 – 01.18.14

offspace

Sofia Leiby

The Drama of Leisure

12.15.13 – 01.18.14

Nathaniel Robinson

The Sensible Range

10.20.13 – 12.07.13

offspace

Alain Biltereyst

09.08.13 – 10.12.13

Sterling Lawrence

If I Plucked You from the Sea

09.08.13 – 10.12.13

Matt Rich

Razors & Vapors

04.28.13 – 06.08.13

offspace

Vincent Hawkins

Flying Suit

03.17.13 – 04.20.13

Nancy Ford

Land Loping

03.17.13 – 04.20.13

Rainer Spangl

UUUUU

02.03.13 – 03.09.13

offspace

Shit is Real

new editions by Chicago artists

02.03.13 – 03.09.13

offspace

Nick Ostoff

Tracing

12.16.12 – 01.26.13

Allison Wade

The Rest of the More

12.16.12 – 01.26.13

offspace

Julia Hechtman

10.14.12 – 12.08.12

Christopher Michlig

10.14.12 – 12.08.12

offspace

Michael Pfisterer

08.26.12 – 10.06.12

Gary Stephan

08.26.12 – 10.06.12

06.10.12 – 07.21.12

Jin Lee

04.22.12 – 06.02.12

offspace

Dorothee Joachim + Richard Roth

04.22.12 – 06.02.12

I Surrender

03.11.12 – 04.14.12

offspace

Alexander Valentine

01.29.12 – 03.03.12

Joshua Abelow

Songs from a Room

01.29.12 – 03.03.12

Mark Booth

The Sea is Represented by an Irregular Shape

12.11.11 – 01.21.12

offspace

Scott Fortino

Unfurl

12.11.11 – 01.21.12

offspace

Andreas Karl Schulze

10.16.11 – 12.03.11

Evidence of the Material World

10.16.11 – 12.03.11

offspace

Sound & Vision

08.28.11 – 10.08.11

Volker Saul

Rough Cuts

08.28.11 – 10.08.11

Leslie Baum

The eyes have it or how to win a staring contest with a monster

05.22.11 – 07.02.11

offspace

Works on Paper

05.22.11 – 07.02.11

offspace

MultipleMix

01.30.11 – 03.19.11

Andreas Fischer + Melissa Pokorny

Kabinett 5

01.30.11 – 03.19.11

Britta Bogers, Mark Holmes, Jered Sprecher

Kabinett 4

12.05.10 – 01.22.11

Dana DeGiulio, Marie T Hermann, Anders Ruhwald

Kabinett 3

10.24.10 – 11.27.10

Richard Rezac + Gary Stephan

Kabinett 1 + 2

08.29.10 – 10.16.10

Paul Cowan + Matt Stolle

Causality without Cause

07.18.10 – 08.15.10

offspace

Wheatstone Stereoscope

07.18.10 – 08.15.10

Skies in Between

05.23.10 – 07.08.10

offspace

Berlin Drawings

05.23.10 – 07.08.10

offspace

Visceral Geometries

04.11.10 – 05.18.10

Nathaniel Robinson

de facto

04.11.10 – 05.18.10

Peter Otto

The Lodger

03.07.10 – 04.09.10

offspace

Heiner Blumenthal

A Hand-off Between

01.31.10 – 03.01.10

Rodney Carswell

hither and yon (little prisons)

01.31.10 – 03.01.10

Home Wreckage

Subversive Musings on Domestic Ideals

12.06.09 – 01.24.10

offspace

Time, Trauma, Drama and Rhyme

12.06.09 – 01.24.10

Dagmar Varady

Redden

10.18.09 – 12.01.09