One is blown away when coming upon Monderer’s “East River” paintings in the small area, which serves as a gallery at Maplewood. The panoramic view consists of five canvases. The viewer not only sees the sweep of the river, but is drawn in by the vibrancy of the scene. The artist uses color in a bold, forthright manner.
Monderer’s choice of scene ranges from the large, over-views to the up-close look at shops. Above the colorful stores, we delight in the all-over pattern created by open and closed windows. One dramatic scene is captured in “Under the Westside Highway”. The stark contrast between the shadowy blacks under the highway, and the sun-blanched buildings on the other side of the street demonstrate the artist’s grasp of composition.
Monderer paints from photographed scenes. When comparing some of the photographs to the paintings, we see how the artist pulls another aspect into the scene before us. Stressing some areas and omitting others, she injects her experience to make a coherent arrangement.
Monderer’s cityscapes are alive: there is a great the appreciation for the sculptural dynamic and the colors that make up a metropolis.