Luca Molnar (b. 1991, Budapest, Hungary) lives and works in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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I paint fractured space, pitting continents of pattern against one another as a mirror for societal structures. Pattern is representative of individual habituation and relational difference. When taken together, these systems become a social map--each pattern an individual with internal logic, lore, and history. I am drawn to patterns found in bathrooms and kitchens, the center of care for the body and the often-invisible labor of women. The home has an inescapable duality as both a site of comfort and a battleground of intimate violence. As the set for our inner lives, domestic borders and power structures are contested, ever-shifting, and laden with history. To accurately confront the state of the domestic, I paint these edges where disparate patterns or colors collide. The desire to confront carries into text and floor pieces that contextualize and assert a claim to space for the paintings. While making my paintings, I consider what can be synthesized by sentencing oppositional patterns to live in the same space. The many resulting conditions of coexistence pose vital questions for me about the role of excavated sources, the political impacts of fragmentation, and painting beyond the decorative.