The works create psychological spaces through a complex and personal formal language that is situated between figuration and abstraction. Characters intertwine with text and dates to explore the anxiety surrounding the creative act and the passing of time. The fragmented compositions are direct metaphors of our twenty-first century’s hyper-stimulated daily life of interconnecting media. The goal is to create paintings that simultaneously have material presence and believable pictorial space full of a certain humor, exuberance and simplification of form.
Nicholas Moenich is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio and received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and a MFA from Hunter College. Exhibitions include: Nicholas Moenich: Eyes and Teeth at 1969 Gallery, New York, NY (2021); Nicholas Moenich: over-under at Furnace, Falls Village, CT (2021); Wild Blue Yonder: Kari Cholnoky & Nicholas Moenich at Disturb the Neighbors, New York, NY (2019); a solo presentation with Disturb the Neighbors at NADA NY (2018); Hyperactif: Alexander Calder, Larry Bell, Nicholas Moenich at D’Agostino & Fiore, New York, NY (2015). Press includes New American Paintings, Art Maze Magazine, Artspace, Hyperallergic and Two Coats of Paint. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Cincinnati, the University of New Mexico and a visiting artist resident at Anderson Ranch Art Center near Aspen, Colorado. He was awarded the Tony Smith Award in 2011 and the 2019 Hopper Prize. Moenich is a 2020 recipient of the Lighthouse Works Fellowship, a 2019-2020 recipient of the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program Award and a 2021 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Painting from The New York Foundation for the Arts.