Molly YergensInquire Within
Painter and Fargo native Molly Yergens just celebrated the completion of her first year in New York City. In an effort to make sense of her new surroundings, Yergens on occasion will reject hipster amusements, unique dining experiences and the right hashtags in favor of urban wanderings most closely resembling the activities of a flâneur. What emerged from these excursions were photographic investigations of Brooklyn neighborhoods that provided curiously rich visual reference material for paintings. “Inquire Within: Paintings by Molly Yergens” chronicles the artist’s recent adjustment from sleepy, blue-collar, small town Minnesota to a famously sleepless metropolis. The title references the familiar subtitle of a Help Wanted sign. “Inquire Within” suggests a process of inward self-reflection necessitated by the daily visual and auditory onslaught of big city stimuli. The work not only offers glimpses into the small worlds contained within each gritty storefront, but the windows also reveal layers of context, reflecting the signage, architecture and foliage of its surroundings. The artist, visible in the paintings, stealthily wields a small, red Nikon Coolpix and sports a blue hat and orange fanny pack. The obscured reflection of the Midwestern observer reveals cluttered and distorted layers of urban spectacle.