SCOTT WOLNIAK FLASH ART (CIRCLES AND RECTANGLES) Video 5 minutes 13 seconds
Decidedly low-tech, this optical abstraction begins with a shot of an aluminum reflector inside a lamp; a lightbulb in the shot’s center flicks on and off. As the video plays on, nearly identical shots are superimposed, but at a steadily decreasing scale, resulting in an array of nested rectangles. The rhythmic blinking of intense light- accompanied by audible clicks from the plastic light switch- presents the viewer with a swift progression of blinding geometries, (with) dizzying effects.
Scott Wolniak lives and works in Chicago. He earned his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and currently teaches in the department of Visual Art at the University of Chicago. Wolniak has exhibited internationally in cities as diverse as London, Berlin, Chicago, New York, and San Antonio. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Wolniak’s work has received critical acclaim in such publications as Art in America, The New Yorker, and Art Forum Online.