Saturday, May 30, 2015

DOWNTOWN SIGNAGE: MURALS OF MAY

As the city comes out of its hibernation from winter and heads into the full bloom of "Summer & The City" as I like to call it, new murals have been popping up everywhere. May was also plagued with no L train service on the weekends, an insanely busy work schedule, and the innate New Yorker's need to get away for Memorial Day weekend. In between the chaos of this month, here a few of my favorite murals that I found along the way. 
Mural by Alexis Diaz
Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz painted the latest rendition of the Rag & Bone mural in SoHo/NoLiTa. I know I say this every time, but seriously--this one may be my favorite residency yet. Up close, you can see the cross hatch detail and fine paint lines that make this mural amazing. Beside the genius creativity in this piece, it was executed beautifully. If you are in NYC, go see this. It's for your own good. 



Some people may think that the downtown signage sponsored by billion dollar brands makes the art disingenuous, but I find it the opposite. Standing in front of this stunning, hand painted Tristan Eaton mural proves just that--and Guess (alongside the LISA project) made this mural of Gigi Hadid possible. Little Italy's newest street art is one of the biggest in the neighborhood. See it just around the corner from his original Audrey Hepburn on Mulberry. 
Gigi Hadid mural by Tristan Eaton
The infamous Mr. Brainwash has been back in NYC this month, leaving a trail of murals in his path. The first one shown below is off West Broadway in SoHo, on the window pane of a Sunglass Hut, promoting his new line of sunglass frames. The next is much larger, on 14th St and 10th Ave opposite the High Line's end. While I typically only see his work in movies (ahem, Exit Through the Gift Shop) and art galleries, I've really enjoyed these larger scale pieces on the street. Keep them coming, please! 



Memorial Day weekend kicks off tourist season in NYC, but I'll do my best to reserve choice words for the slow walkers and confused subway riders. Summer in the city is just my absolute favorite! Cheers to the art that June will bring, and stay tuned for my next article featuring Maya Hayuk at Columbia University! 

xx
Naomi

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