Cheryl Molnar: Unnatural Landscapes
Cheryl Molnar: Unnatural Settings
Tearoom, Wave Hill House | March 7- August 27, 2017
Pictured above: Rollercoaster, 2015. Oil painted paper and vintage magazine on wood panel. 30”x 40”. Courtesy of the artist.
Brooklyn-based artist Cheryl Molnar’s collage paintings are representations of fantastical, natural spaces in relationship to urban architectural forms. Molnar’s process involves lathering wood panels in oil, then etching and collaging them with manipulated and superimposed images. The technique involves layering painted paper and photographs of natural landscapes and jutting urban monumental fixtures. The scenery is cut-up and altered using long slivers of mixed papers that reference humanity’s inflicted alterations of nature. In a mosaic-like configuration they reveal vibrantly chopped asymmetrical forms simulating a surreal, transcendental world. There is a sense of depth, multi-dimensionality and rigidity in the composition that highlights the human/non-human divisions in nature. Superimposed skyscrapers and steel structures evoke hyperbolic fantasies of reimagined spaces, illuminating the charm of a utopic, idealized, urban wilderness. A 2014 Winter Workspace artist, Molnar drew inspiration from the Hudson River, Wave Hill’s greenhouses, national parks, suburban settings and lush, green spaces throughout the United States. The Headquarters and Rollercoaster images are indicative of the ominous but seductive pull of the looming burden of urban development. Inspired by Wave Hill’s Conservatory, Green House offers an optimistic possibility for greenhouse architecture. Weeping Willow references an overlook above Wave Hill’s Conifer Slope.
Molnar received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Pratt Institute. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; The Islip Art Museum, Long Island, NY; and General Electric Headquarters, Fairfield, CT. Molnar recently participated in the Fire Island National Seashore Artist-in-Residence Program in Watch Hill, NY, and in residencies at Wave Hill, Smack Mellon and Weir Farm Art Center in Wilton, CT.
Pictured above: Weeping Willow, 2015. Oil painted paper and vintage magazine on wood panel. 18”x 24”. Courtesy of the artist.
Pictured above: Greenhouse, 2011. Oil painted paper and vintage magazine on wood panel. 10”x 14”. Courtesy of the artist.
Pictured above: Cheryl Molnar in her Sunroom studio, 2014. Image courtesy of Wave Hill.
Winter Workspace January 2- February 18, 2014
Cheryl Molnar’s painted collage works are an ongoing investigation of the landscape and man’s manipulation of nature. Her body of work has been influenced by her visits to botanical gardens, arboreta, and parks, such as the New York Botanical Garden; Planting Fields in Oyster Bay, NY; and Old Westbury Gardens in Old Westbury, NY. During her time at Wave Hill, she drew inspiration from winter plants around the garden and the view of the Palisades.
Learn more at: www.cherylmolnar.com
Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.