Part of the Wheel of Life group exhibition programming.
Curator Scott Wolniak is leading an in-person tour of the exhibition and a discussion with participating artists Leslie Baum and Georgina Valverde, on curating the show, their artistic practice, and creating moving images for a zoetrope.
Scott Wolniak is a multidisciplinary artist, teacher and curator based in Chicago, and an Instructional Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago. Working in a variety of media including drawing, sculpture and animation, his work uses humor and phenomenology to present everyday life within a cosmic context. Wolniak has exhibited throughout the U.S., and was the founder and director of an alternative exhibition space Suitable Gallery between 1999 and 2005. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Lynden Sculpture Garden in Milwaukee. 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.
Mysterious, novel, and internally optical, the zoetrope is a pre-cinema, spinning drum that when put in motion creates a quick analog animation. For this exhibition, guest curator and interdisciplinary artist Scott Wolniak invites 13 artists that don’t normally make moving image work to make new work to be activated by a custom-made zoetrope. The exhibition offers a visual metaphor of the notion that limitations can promote innovation and foster a unique viewing experience.
Work by: Carris Adams, Leslie Baum, Jessica Campbell, Sophia Chai, Ryan Travis Christian, Flor, Nicholas Frank, Charles Irvin, Laura Letinsky, Franny M. Levitin, Devin T. Mays, Dutes Miller, Daisy Schultz, and Georgina Valverde.