Upon her arrival to Brooklyn 5 years ago she had already resided in Los Angeles, Oakland, and Madrid. Quickly she integrated into the art community of her adopted home and her work has appeared throughout the city. Her photographs have been showcased at AIR Gallery, Heist, AM Richards Gallery, Capricious, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Rochester Museum of Art, Spin Magazines' gallery, among others. After receiving a Kodak film sponsorship she began working with Super 8 for her upcoming series, The Glittering World. The selection of work is an exploration of the Miss Transgender Native American Beauty Contest in Arizona and its contestants.
In 2009 she was the recipient of a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council for her project "The Smallest Canvas." Examining fingernail art and culture in Brooklyn, this work is a feminist celebration using photography and sound. This work was exhibited at the Capricious Space in Wiliamsburg and written up in a variety of publications such as VICE.
Molly is also the founder and director of the resurrected Cinema 16 series. Named after the New York-based avant-garde film society in 1947 and inspired by Maya Deren's Greenwich Village exhibition of experimental films, Molly pairs edgy contemporary musical artists with vintage films. For over a year now, the passionate Surno has lovingly programmed these monthly screenings and performances, melding the worlds of art, film and music in New York, Portland, Chicago, and Austin. Showcasing the program at locations such as the Kitchen, MoMA PS1, Smack Mellon, National Arts Club, Cinema 16 has garnered somewhat of a cult following. The program has been featured in the New Yorker, New York Times. Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Time Out, and Interview.
She was also selected as a "young tastemaker" for Manhattan Magazines Young Curators on the Move issue in 2008.
Exhibiting in this Edition One Hundred show is a piece from my polaroid series. Polaroids have been my preferred method of creating a visual diary. This image was taken on the beaches of the beaches of Tel Aviv in 2008.
What is your charity or cause? Why did you select this? Where does community work fit in with your ethos as an artist?
My work is very much based on fining beauty in the ‘unseen.’ With that said, I work with many communities who don’t traditionally get public representation. Due to the nature of working with these human stories, my work is deeply connected to culture and community. There is an obvious responsibility when visually telling a other’s stories, so I feel like the act of making art of the everyday is in itself a community service.
Edition One Hundred is founded with the idea of providing artists the opportunity to transform new technology into a tool to both produce affordable art while simultaneously connecting to non-traditional art collectors. What are your thoughts on Edition One Hundred?
How do you see this as a platform to reach a broader audience for your work?
What are your thoughts on Art in the Digital Age?
As an artist, regularly producing work is a manifestation of your distinctive view. Also it has a lot to do with influence by the work of others. Do you collect art? If so, who do you collect? And if you had all the money in the world, who would you buy and why?
If I was collecting my dream would be to own a Fred Tomaselli, William Eggleston, or Ed Ruscha.
Why should people buy art?