Remote Surface
Scott Wolniak and
Jeremy Coleman Smith
Gabrielle Garland, curator
September 4-27, 2014

Hap Gallery presents Remote Surface, an exhibition of selected works by interdisciplinary artists Jeremy Coleman Smith and Scott Wolniak, curated by Gabrielle Garland.

From Smith’s enormous printed construction of wood paneling to Wolniak’s large cut paper pieces installed directly onto Hap’s window façade, the works in Remote Surface play with variations on scale and technique. Smaller pieces in the exhibit explore ideas of interiority, domestic arrangement, and our understanding of found vs. made. Taken as a whole, Remote Surface can be viewed as both a total environment and a staging of intimate encounters.

Jeremy Coleman Smith and Scott Wolniak studied painting together at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the early 90’s, and have been friends for over twenty years. This exhibition marks the first time they have shown together.

Smith is an artist and teacher based in Jersey City, NJ. His work combines printmaking, sculpture and furniture in an investigation of objects and display. He was a recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture award from the International Sculpture Center, and his work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine. He has exhibited in New York, Chicago and Jersey City. Smith received his MFA from New Jersey City University in 2013, and his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995.

Wolniak is a multidisciplinary artist and teacher based in Chicago. His work in painting, drawing, sculpture and video has been exhibited widely, including shows at the MCA Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, Inova, Milwaukee and White Columns, New York. Reviews of his work have appeared in Artforum and Art in America. He received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2002, and his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995. He teaches at the University of Chicago and is represented by Valerie Carberry Gallery, Chicago.

Garland is an artist and curator based in Chicago and New York City. She has exhibited in the mid-west, Hap Gallery, and internationally. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a MFA from the University of Chicago.

Scott Wolniak
Dream Lake
, 2012
Acrylic, ink, and watercolor on cast/carved plaster
8 x 6.5 x 2 in.

Jeremy Coleman Smith
Panel (detail),
2014
Ink on corrugated cardboard, mounted on foam core
19 ½ x 8 ft.

Scott Wolniak
Vista
, 2011
Acrylic and chalk on cast/carved hydrocal
7 x 4.5 x 1.5 in.

Scott Wolniak
Funny Rock
, 2012
Acrylic, ink, watercolor, graphite, glue, and debris on cast/carved plaster
5.75 x 5 x 4.5 in.

Scott Wolniak
Bird
, 2012
Acrylic, ink, watercolor, graphite, glue, and debris on cast/carved plaster
6 x 5.5 x 4 in.

Scott Wolniak
Bridge, 2012
Ink, acrylic, calk on carved and cast plaster, bamboo stick with pencil eraser
12.5 x 17 x 15 in.

Scott Wolniak
Untitled (Cat)
, 2012
Ink, watercolor, glue on cast/carved plaster
4.75 x 5.5 x 2.5 in.

Scott Wolniak
Fire,
2013
Acrylic, watercolor, graphite, and glue on cast/carved plaster
6 x 5.5 x 4 in.

Scott Wolniak
Fragment
, 2012
Cast, carved plaster with acrylic, watercolor and wood
5 x 5 x 4 in.

Jeremy Coleman Smith
Collectible (Decorative),
2013
Ink on hand-crafted polystyrene plate, wood, plexiglass and LED lights
18 x 18 x 5 in.

Jeremy Coleman Smith
Collectible (Home),
2013
Photo-etching on hand-crafted polystyrene plate, wood, plexiglass and LED lights
18 x 18 x 5 in.

Jeremy Coleman Smith
Collectible (Nostalgic),
2013
Photo-etching on hand-crafted polystyrene plate, wood, plexiglass and LED lights
18 x 18 x 5 in.

Scott Wolniak
Picture,
2012
Ink, acrylic, watercolor, wire, carved plaster on plywood
27 x 24 in.

Jeremy Coleman Smith
Domestic Showcase with Plates and Edgebanding,
2014
Corrugated cardboard, ink on hand-crafted polystyrene plates
54 x 18 x 12 in.

Jeremy Coleman Smith
Box with Woodgrain #6,
2013
(Hap Edition of 13)
Lithograph
23 x 16 ½ in.

Scott Wolniak
Rocks 3, 2013
Graphite on paper
20 x 15″

Scott Wolniak
Rocks 2, 2013
Graphite on paper
20 x 15 in.

Scott Wolniak
Rocks 1, 2013
Graphite on paper
20 x 15 in.

Scott Wolniak
Smoke Tree, 2014
Cut paper, tape
Site specific dimensions variable

Jeremy Coleman Smith
Carpet,
2013
Video projection on cardboard dust
Dimensions variable