Best of NYC - 2016
The NYC subway system is a place of literal and metaphorical intersection, where people of radically diverging walks of life routinely share a small, intimate space, if only for a stop or two. Sometimes, there are collisions between individuals, sometimes moments of connection afforded nowhere else. It’s a symbol of opportunity, challenge and exploration—one of the truly universal experiences of the average New Yorker. The twin sensations of being at once solitary and communal resonate in the heart and mind, humming along the same frequency as art and music.
In this series, I use the visual trope of the subway to anchor my compositions, hoping to convey the viewer through each Village Voice section just as its physical analog conveys the traveler through each borough. The sections spell out the ultimate point of departure and arrival: New York.
N - Culture
E - Food + Specialty Markets
W - Nightlife
Y - Shops + Services
O - Recreation + Sports
R - Smart City
K - Civic life
illustrated by St Francis Elevator Ride
animated in collaboration with Alex Pilkington
E - FOOD + SPECIALTY MARKETS
Rather than focus on the haute cuisine of the city, I decided to turn my eye to the everyday nourishment that keeps most people sustained: delis, bodegas, diners and groceries. It’s a mashup of staples like pizza and bagels, nestled alongside fresh cuts from the neighborhood butcher. Everything is comforting, tasty and a little sticky.
O - RECREATION + SPORTS
Recreation is about imagination and the inverted world. The hard, angular city is literally turned upside down, allowing a child’s summertime Coney Island reverie to take center stage: a candy-colored afternoon, cheeks flush from running around to take it all in.
K - CIVIC LIFE
I chose to combine august city institutions and verdant outdoor spaces. The Manhattan Municipal Building spring from Prospect Park and the High Line. Good works and good spaces meet, a welcoming seat at one of the best views of the city jutting into the foreground.