Smack Mellon Solo Exhibition
Better Homes and Gardens
September 29 - November 4, 2012
Saturday, September 29, 5-8pm
The fictional landscapes depicted in my paintings are inspired by places I’ve been, which have been re-imagined as constructed, utopian environments. Through this, I aim to explore the ironic nature of modern development. So often, land is raised to make way for prefabricated housing developments, strip malls and industrial parks, which effectively alter the natural beauty that initially attracted developers to these sites. Man’s work in altering nature can also been seen through the manipulation of vegetation. Topiaries, as well as other plants and shrubs, have been reshaped and trained to grow in unnatural forms for centuries. Greenhouses promote the growth of foreign species of plants in what would otherwise be inhospitable climates. These paintings are created though collaging strips of oil-stained paper onto natural birch panels. Tracts of ranch houses and other modern, architectural structures are carved directly into the wood and then stained with oil. This process creates permanent incisions into the panel itself. The juxtaposition of these two opposing forms and processes symbolize my exploration of the American Dream as it has evolved from my parents’ generation through mine.
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The Galleries at the University of Arizona School of Art Gallery
Hours: Monday — Friday 9am to 5pm
Free to the public
1031 N. Olive Road, Room 108 Tucson, AZ 85721
The Joseph Gross Gallery is delighted to host Cheryl Molnar’s Subdivision #3, an installation that explores the paradox of suburban living. This immersive installation is composed of thousands of paper structures, recalling the prefabricated cities that have come to dominate the post-WW II American landscape. Fashioned from thin, pastel paper houses created from a limited variation of Xeroxed patterns, Molnar’s ticky-tacky boxes flood the gallery to create one indistinguishable residential division after another.
With many American's suffering through the most difficult housing market in memory, Cheryl's work recalls the social, ecological and economic complexities that have come to define the new American Dream. For generations, Americans viewed owning a home as a symbol of their personal and national prosperity. Now this vision has become clouded by predatory banking practices, scarce natural resources and global economic volatility.
Cheryl Molnar completed her Master of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. She has exhibited at Adelphi University, New York, General Electric Corporate Headquarters, Connecticut, and in the RISD Biennial, Exit Gallery, New York.
This exhibition is supported by the Lionel Rombach Endowment and the University of Arizona School of Art.
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Two shows of my Greenpoint/ Williamsburg photo documentary project open this month (7 years in the making). It would be great to see you at the receptions and celebrate.
Brooklyn Utopias - Old Stone House Brooklyn
April 5-June 24, 2012
Exhibition Opening: Thursday, April 5, 2012, 7:30-9:30pm
Urban Suburban - Islip Art Museum
Urban / Suburban
Reception April 22, 1-4pm
On view April 11 – May 27, 2012
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Catalog - Greenpoint Williamsburg 2001 - 2011 #digital print book -178 pgs 8.5" x 11"
This spread documents the corner of N 4th St and Wythe Ave. over 5 years, capturing the building of the new waterfront development.
PLANET Magazine's EARTH BY Print
EARTH BY is a one-of-a-kind art project that has been a regular feature in PLANET since our inception. The concept is a simple one: invite notable contemporary artists to create art pieces that portray their personal artistic interpretation of Earth. The results have been spectacular: unique images that exhibit the imaginative vision of today’s artists and the vast range of forms, motifs, and complex human sentiment that our planet can inspire. This is especially noteworthy during our era of unprecedented awareness about the world and human civilization’s impact on it.
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Cheryl Molnar, Planet ,Layered Landscapes, by Nika Knight
Cheryl Molnar, Cheap and Plastique zine, Issue 7, by Julie Lohnes
Introducing 941 Geary, a pioneer exhibition space dedicated to artists and projects of cultural distinction contributing to the landscape of contemporary art. The 3,000 square foot converted warehouse offers a platform for artists to implement the environment to further enhance their vision and offer viewers a heightened experience of their work.
A New Beginning June 26th - July 10th, 2010
941 Geary’s debut show, A New Beginning, brings together the work of several emerging, mid-career and established artists working within urban and contemporary art genres. The exhibition features works by the Clayton Brothers, Kofie One, Mark Warren Jacques, Erik Otto, Tim Biskup, Joshua Petker, Cheryl Molnar, Michael Page, David Bayus, David Grant, Lina Maria Rincon, Oliver Vernon, David Choong Lee, Henry Gunderson, Scott Hove, Robert Minervini, Jon Todd, APEX and Hush.
The opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 26th, 2010 from 6-9pm. The exhibit will be on display through July 10th, 2010 and is free and open to the public.
April 3rd, 2010 - April 25th, 2010
New Works by Mark Warren Jacques, Akira Beard, Robert Burden, Henry Gunderson, and Cheryl Molnar.
These five young artists are forging a new aesthetic and conceptual approach to fine art. Whether a cut and dry rebuttal to American mass media or a whimsical look into outer space, this group is covering new territory through their visual interpretations of all they experience in a day. Through various mediums, subject matter, and even scale you will find five individual voices speaking in their own language. Unifying them is an imperative to communicate that which they see- or don’t see- in this West Coast existence.