Nuts by Scott Wolniak

June 12 - July 22

 Nuts is the ongoing project of Scott Wolniak, which he considers to be an unlimited edition.   With labor-intensive care, the artist crafts painted plaster replicas of common shelled nuts.   Based on a joke about value in art, coupled with the surrealist notion that all things can transform in the mind's eye, Wolniak takes great care to produce accurate renderings of these rather dumb models.  The pieces can function in a variety of contexts, including art galleries, domestic spaces, or here, in this box!  For Clutch, the plaster nuts have been mounted like bobble-heads, onto small springs.  The nuts are looked down upon, and seem to be quivering or in orbit with one-another.  Clutch has also been equipped with a bamboo floor as an additional piece of this installation.

Scott Wolniak is a multidisciplinary studio artist based in Chicago. His work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, Chicago Reader, New City, and the Houston Chronicle, among others and is included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Joan Flasch Book Art Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and many private collections.  He is a Lecturer in the Department of Visual Art at the University of Chicago.

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