I met Molly Herman a couple of years ago during Greenpoint Open Studios and I become enamored by her work. We spoke about photographing windows, doors and walls around NYC, especially what’s outside her studio window. Herman seizes this architectural terrain and then translates individual pieces into what she calls, “lozenges”. It’s her language of choice so to speak. Textures and colors meld to create verticals and horizontals, which mess with our own experience of the world. Earthy, emotive, beautifully colored markings or lozenges vacillate between reason and dream. This brings one closer into her created world. It is a maze that excites and thrills the viewer with masterful color twists and turns that eventually lead us out into feeling exhilarated and renewed.
In Herman’s words, “The title of my show is “Lingua Franca” which means “bridge language” – a way of communicating, often used to trade goods between cultures. Sometimes I think of abstract painting in a similar way. I experience things in the world (as we all do) and then I try to translate them into a parallel visual and viscerally felt language. A painted language.”
Molly, we definitely speak the same language!
Molly Herman: Lingua Franca
On View: April 22–May 17, 2014
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday (11 am to 6 pm)
The Painting Center . 547 W 27th street #500, New York NY 10001
Art Review and Photography : Olya Turcihin