Gallery Mondays: ‘Happy City’ by Peter Sis

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Happy New Year!

I snapped a pic of this giant eye-shaped subway art at 86th Street on the 4, 5, 6 line last January. The piece is part of Czech-born artist Peter Sis’ Happy City.

From afar, this simply looks like a blue eye, and probably nothing more. However, if you get closer to it, you’ll notice a few intriguing details.

The first fun detail about this eye-shaped art is the fact that it’s outlines with the New York City skyline. In the blue sclera of the eye, there are a bunch of stars shining, which leads me to believe it represents the sky or a reflection of the night sky in a river or something.

Finally, there’s the part surrounding the iris, which features a few animals such as a pig, unicorn, and duck. There’s also a compass in the pupil.

I’m not sure what this all means, but to me it’s a sign to look closely. Things might end up being more than they seem in 2018.

Learn more about Happy City.

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Gallery Mondays: “Knickerbocker Ave” by Ryan Peltier

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If NYC had an underground Halloween/macabre dance party, I think it would definitely look like Ryan Peltier’s “Knickerbocker Ave”. Especially if this underground party took place at a Brooklyn subway stop.

“Knickerbocker Ave” is one of those subway art cards I can’t stop staring at. Whenever I look at it, I notice something more and more absurdly funny every time!

The characters in this piece by Peltier are based on friends and neighbors he remembered during his time living in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The birds flying above the characters are also based on real subjects (pigeon people) he would see at the Kickerbocker Avenue stop.

Awkwardly contorted dancing aside, what is going on with the snowman-like figure in black? And the woman to his left with her hair covering half of her face? Is that even safe to be dancing so close to the yellow line with only one uncovered eye?!

Important questions!

See more of Peltier’s work here.

And, of course, if you like it so much that you want one for yourself, you can buy “Knickerbocker Ave” here.

Gallery Mondays: “Catching Lines” by James Yang

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I know what you’re thinking, but don’t worry, they’re all there, even the S!

I saw this MTA subway art card for the first time back in March, and have continued to see it on various trains since then. Called “Catching Lines,” the piece was created by Brooklyn-based artist James Yang.

His inspiration for this piece came from overhearing people giving subway directions, the result sounding to him as a Jetsons-like world of train lines floating above New York City.

I’d totally be okay with having trains fly. Do you know how much faster I’d get to work every morning? I mean, unless the MTA figures out a way to make signal malfunctions a thing in the sky too, it could be pretty awesome.

I just have one question for James Yang: What’s with the R being the only line showing up twice?

See more of Yang’s art at www.jamesyang.com, and you can buy “Catching Lines” here.

Gallery Mondays: Platform by Jillian Tamaki

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As a New Yorker, I must say, this is a very accurate representation of an NYC MTA subway platform.

I’ve been seeing this art card on several trains, but since the cars are always packed to the brim, I could never get a good photo of it until recently.

Called “Platform,” the art card by Jillian Tamaki features a timeline of a diverse range of people waiting for and then walking towards what looks to be a 1 train at 50th Street. I love the girl holding a plant and hauling a small child with her toy in the 4th square from the left. I wonder if she’s the babysitter or older sister…

If you’ve seen “Platform” and wonder if you can buy it, you can, right here!

Gallery Mondays: Linda Ganjian’s ‘Home Sweet Home’

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I didn’t get to see the station art at 111 Street on the A train line until last month. I had honestly forgotten that the station got renovated in general, so it was nice walking onto the platform and seeing Linda Ganjian’s Home Sweet Home stainless steel cut outs on the panels.

What I really love about this is the fact that the design doesn’t end with the house. It continues in a neat border pattern, almost as if the house were being framed.

Funny that I actually was headed home sweet home when I saw them…

Learn more about Linda Ganjian’s art here.

Gallery Mondays: ‘Oculus’ by Kristen Jones and Andrew Ginzel

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If you’ve ridden the A, C, or E train to Chambers Street in NYC, or ever waited for one of those trains underground, you’ve probably noticed a bunch of eyeballs staring at you.

I’ve always found these mosaic eyes to be quite intriguing, and it wasn’t until recently while writing an article for Parachute by Mapquest that I discovered these eyes were modeled after 1,200 real New Yorkers. Pretty much all eye shapes and colors are represented in Oculus, which makes sense due to the large group of eyes they were able to use as inspiration. 

The collection of eyes is called Oculus, and its a collaboration between artists Kristen Jones and Andrew Ginzel. Roman mosaicist Rinaldo Piras also teamed up with Jones and Ginzel for the project.

It’s interesting to wonder if my eye would have been recreated with or without my glasses had I been part of the 1,200 New Yorkers these eyes were modeled after.

Learn more about Oculus here.