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Molly Dilworth

ARTIST STATEMENT: Molly Dilworth is a Brooklyn based artist who views creative practice as a form of research. Using data from a specific site as a structure, she gives form to things that invisibly motivate our actions. She has partnered with green building community organizations, climate change activists, arts organizations and government agencies to make public art pieces that address our relationship to the history, nature and technology. From the rooftops of Brooklyn to the Pedestrian plazas of Times Square, Dilworth has created outdoor site-specific paintings in New York City and exhibited across the United States. She has been a resident artist at the Salina Art Center in Kansas and in the Art & Law Program with the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in NYC. Her work was part of Spontaneous Interventions: design actions for the common good in the U.S. Pavilion at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale. In the fall of 2012 Dilworth was the Recess Activities artist in residence at the Pioneer in Red Hook, Brooklyn. In the spring of 2013 Dilworth installed a permanent exterior painting for the Garden at The James Hotel in Lower Manhattan.

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Rooftop painter Molly Dilworth's latest project in collaboration with the project and CoolRoofs NYC. Turning a rooftop of a Brooklyn school into an artful expression of what Manhattan will look like if water temperatures continue to increase and the sea level rises by 7 meters. Video by Brandon Smith

Documentation of Paintings for Satellites by Kiran Moodley

Brooklyn-based painter Molly Dilworth started making large-scale outdoor rooftop paintings as a means to get out of her studio and communicate her message to the world in a different way. Through personal reflection and introducing constraints into her process, such as not using brushes - just movement - and only using found paints, Molly's challenge became about visually integrating two specific interests, architecture and natural forms. These experiments developed into paintings that can be viewed from Google Earth and that invite a conversation about the environment in which we live.

Artist Molly Dilworth paints 50,000 square feet of Times Square for a piece called "Cold Water, Hot Island." I spent the afternoon of July 26th watching her work. Video by Yancey Strickler

Video documentation and production of Cool Water, Hot Island by Jonathan Perlman. The five block, 50,000 square foot painting covering the surface of Broadway from 47th to 42nd Streets in Times Square was installed in June and remain for 18 months. The color palette of cool blues alludes to the historical geography of midtown, especially the Great Kill stream that once flowed near contemporary Times Square. The cool colors were chosen to make the plazas more calm and comfortable for pedestrians, and to contrast with the reds and yellows of the neon billboards. Cool Water, Hot Island was the winning submission for the reNEWable Times Square competition, it was designed by Molly Dilworth and produced in collaboration with the Department of Transportation, the Mayor's Fund, The Times Square Alliance and a team of street painters: Gillie Etnel, Raphael Fragansiax, Paul Schneider, Moe Bonin, Stephen Figueroa and Clinton Nixon.


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