Nicholas Moenich

Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

20 Jay Street, 720

Nicholas Moenich, Untitled (Ascent 2020) (2020). Acrylic On Sized Canvas, 26 x 22 in.

Nicholas Moenich creates paintings, drawings, sculptures, and installations that defy logical pictorial space through repetition of geometric forms. Moenich’s grayscale paintings and drawings take on M.C. Escher-like challenges of building architectural space that is both flat and dimensional, as twisting pipes, cracked surfaces, and wooden scaffolding swap figure and ground, up and down. From these spaces, cartoon figures emerge, such as cats, mushrooms, super heros, snakes and jewels. Moenich’s work borrows from art history, mythology, punk rock, and science fiction to create eerie psychological spaces. His complex and personal formal language is situated between figuration and abstraction—creating paintings that simultaneously possess material presence and pictorial space full of sinister humor. For Moenich, the fragmented compositions of the paintings are direct metaphors of the twenty-first century’s hyper-stimulated daily life of interconnecting media.

About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.