You know I am a sucker for an Octopus. A sucker, get it?
I pass by this cool mural nearly every time I take a train into or out of Times Square, but I just stopped to take a photo of it this past weekend, when I had a few minutes to spare on my way way to see Hedwig and The Angry Inch starring Michael C. Hall (which, by the way, is fantastic). Installed in 2002, Times Square Mural captures the spirit of the subway, its linear movement and dynamic energy. With a nod to both the past and the future- its central image is a futuristic, bullet-shaped car zipping through an underground station. And not just any station, this is Times Square, in the heart of New York City.
Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York in 1923 and spent his last years here. Times Square Mural reflects his career, with references to, and variations on, his earlier works. Lichtenstein also freely appropriated and incorporated images from the works of other artists and designers in his work. For instance, the hooded figure at the right of the mural is from the old Buck Rogers comic strips and the iconic 42 image is from a series of drawings of the architectural detail of the subway. It is a signature work that honors its creator and the place in which it is located.
Times Square – 42nd Street Mural is located on the wall of the mezzanine adjacent to the entrances of the N, Q, R, S, 1, 2 and 3 trains.
As the world becomes more and more competitive, it’s easy to lose sight of one’s goals and aspirations. This maze-inspired piece references the difficulty of navigating life, especially in a city like New York.
Presented by the New York Department of Transportation’s Art Program and the DUMBO Improvement Project. Photographed on Front Street just east of Adams Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
In September of 2103, NYC-based design firm Sagmeister & Walsh was commissioned by the DUMBO Improvement District in partnership with Two Trees Management Co and the NYCDOT Urban Art Program to paint two 80 foot long murals on the walls of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway underpass, on Jay Street in Dumbo. The firm collaborated with renowned Japanese illustrator Yuko Shimizu and created two large typographic messages to sit on the facing walls. A fierce Octopus and its tentacles form ‘Yes!’ on one side, and a graphic black and white version (not shown) covers the opposite wall. Both murals were hand painted by Coby Kennedy.
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery is currently hosting In Medias Res, the second solo exhibition of Brooklyn based artist José Parlá. The exhibition features new paintings, sculptures and a large-scale mural installation.
In Medias Res is a chronicle of Parlá’s life, beginning with his childhood and including his extensive travels around the world. Through choreographed, painterly works, the artist creates impressions of life-altering moments that have impacted his art making process.
The artist’s distinctive method of conceptual and abstract storytelling unfolds and insists on its own vivid layers. The material densities of the works infuse the imagery with a sense of visual narration.
Parlá’s paintings exist somewhere between transcription and revelation – the accumulation of words, signs and markings evolve into a complex and unpredictable symphony. Time is very much at stake, and each image is an effort to demarcate the passing of time.
In Medias Res by José Parlá will be on Exhibit through October 18th, 2014 at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, Located at 505 West 24th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.
While on a my way to a Fashion Week event, I spotted this very fun, psychedelic mural on the side of McQuaids Restaurant & Pub, located at the corner of 44th Street and 11th Avenue. At first, I thought it might be the work of Buff Monster, but it turned out to be by graffiti artists Ghost and Giz.
Here’s another shot.
The Mural is part of Animal NY’s Pub(lic) Art Project, which will see new murals by other street artists cycle through the space every few months. This one has been up since July, 2014.