Fun with Wet Paint Signs – Al Diaz

A few years ago, I attended Art Basel Miami and spotted something curious in the street—collages made of NYC subway Wet Paint signs. A few months ago, I spotted similar collages at an art show in NYC. Today, I finally figured out these collages are the work of a man named Al Diaz.

It’s worth noting that Diaz is one of the artists behind the famous SAMO© tags that appeared in New York in the late 70s, commonly associated with his collaborator Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Check out some of Diaz’s awesome work below.




Check out Diaz’s site for lots more.

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This Friday: BuskNY Presents SHOWTIME

I’m very excited about this Subway-themed art show opening on Friday. Several subway art veterans are in the show including Edwin Class and Joan Iaconetti.

Subway arts organization BuskNY presents a night of subway artist advocacy amid the NYPD’s much publicized “crackdown” on subway performers.

As the ‘Broken Windows’ policies of NYPD Commissioner William Bratton have led to ejections, tickets, and arrests of performers in contradiction of the MTA’s own laws on artistic performance, BuskNY has led efforts to record these interactions and bring them to the public, and worked to draw attention to the consequences of an attack on one of the last public spaces where music and dance can be shared with millions of members of the public for free.

In this exhibition, SHOWTIME, BuskNY turns the spotlight to a less-remarked subject: the visual art created about and within the New York City subway system. SHOWTIME features some of the best-known freelance visual artists to have used the subway in their work, including Steven Bartoo, Yehuda Blum, Edwin “EQ” Class, David Everitt-Carlson, Joan Iaconetti, Ming Liang Lu, Ron Richter, Marina Ross, Michah Saperstein, Kalan Sherrard, Rie Shimamura, Lorena Toyos, Milo Wissig, Chris Wright, and Heidi Younger.

The opening will also feature live performances by award-winning subway performers, including New York Times-featured sculptor Ming Liang Lu, dance crew Waffle Life, and violinist Filip Pogady. Together, these performers will showcase the diverse achievements of artists working in transit spaces, and give a voice to all of those who face ejection and ticketing. There will also be an interactive painting workshop by High Line artist David Everitt-Carlson. 

Opening:
Friday, October 3rd, 7-11pm

(with live music and dance performance, refreshments, and garden party)

Additional gallery hours:
Saturday, October 4 from 12-6pm
Wednesday, October 8 from 3-9pm
Saturday, October 11 from 12-6pm
Also available by appointment–contact Armature Art Space to schedule.

Location:
ARMATURE ART SPACE, INC
316 Weirfield Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237
armatureartspace.org

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Apostrophe Holds Guerrilla Art Show On J Train Platform

Katie Killary for Bushwick Daily

An unauthorized art show took place on the Kosciuszko Street J train platform this past Friday. The exhibition was organized by a group called Apostrophe, who previously ran an art space in Brooklyn. Check out Bushwick Daily for more photos and the full story!

Poster Boy on the Israel-Palestine Conflict

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Leave it to the boy with the blade to sum up the conflict in the Middle East perfectly with a few small modifications to this ad.

Poster Boy on Flickr

Here’s the original:

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Don’t Miss These Two Subway Art Openings!

Nina Boesch

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Nina’s amazing collages are made entirely on MTA MetroCards, transformed into NYC’s most iconic images.

Opens Wednesday, May 7th 6pm-8pm
350 Bleecker Lobby Gallery
New York, New York

Joan Iaconetti

Manhattan watercolorist Joan Iaconetti’s first solo exhibit at The New School imagines the mundane, post-graffiti subway as a dark, deliciously sinister world full of vertiginous angles, dripping platforms, swarming riders, all done in layer upon layer of monochromatic watercolor. Her large-scale watercolors made their first appearance here, and were later called “evocative neo-noir” by the Curbed.NY architecture blog.

Opens Tuesday, May 20th 6pm-8pm
The New School
66 West 12 Street between Fifth and Sixth Aves
Bridge Gallery, fourth floor; sign in at security desk

Exhibit runs May 20 – June 2; open 10am – 6pm, Mon. through Sat.

Seth Tane’s Above and Below

Seth Tane

Subway artist Seth Tane is showing 40 of his latest paintings now through April 25th. All the info below!

The exhibition can be seen at the architecture firm of Deborah Berke Partners located at 220 5th avenue. The building is located at the NW corner of 5th avenue and 26th street in the Flatiron District of Manhattan opposite Madison Square Park. Viewing hours are 9AM – 6PM Monday – Friday. Phone: (212) 229-9211

A Taste of the 80s

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Early Saturday morning friend of Subway Art Blog, Halopigg, spotted a rare subway car covered in colorful graffiti. Here’s his recount of the experience:

I was coming home from a night out in Manhattan and at around 2am I was standing on the Myrtle Broadway platform waiting for the M Train when this freshly painted train rolled up. I could smell it before I could see it. I immediately grabbed my phone and started to snap a few pictures. I hopped on the train but then realized it was the last stop on the shuttle so I had another minute or two to get out and take a few more pictures. I was super surprised and the people around me either thought I was crazy or I was the person that did it.

Seeing a graffiti covered subway car in person has become rarer than seeing a shooting star through the New York smog. The MTA has a policy to pull cars like this one out of service immediately. This strategy has been so effective in fighting it that most New York-based graffiti writers don’t even bother—it’s usually Europeans and other out-of-towners that come and do their thing for a souvenir photos.

The pieces appear to be the work of LUPY, BOAT,  B36 and others. B36 most likely stands for “Beta 36” a graffiti crew based in Italy. If you have any more info on this crew, please share in the comments!

Special thanks to Halopigg for sharing his awesome photos. Check him out on Instagram.

Lupy

M Shuttle

Boat

Lupy 2

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Reviewing Cannabis

Cannabis

A for effort, F for spelling.

Sign James Murphy’s Petition to Make the Subway More Musical

If you are like me, your typical weekday begins with various rituals to gradually bring yourself into consciousness. I leave my apartment feeling relaxed and optimistic until the moment I swipe my MetroCard and that loud, awful, screeching beep reminds me that my relaxation time is over.

James Murphy, a New York-based musician (of LCD Soundsystem fame) is looking to change this. His idea is to replace the beep with pleasant bell tones that will harmonize when played together. During peak times where we now have screeching chaos, we would have music.

Murphy believes the time is right for action, since the MTA announced its intentions to change the MetroCard swipers over to a tap and ride system. You can join his cause by signing his petition to the MTA.

BAMN’s Snow Blow Off the J Line

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This winter has been especially brutal here in New York and we’re sick of all this snow. Leave it to street artist BAMN to turn it into highly entertaining art! Visible from the J train at Halsey Street, the piece is only the latest of some amazing work coming from BAMN. Check out his flickr for more.

Yep, there is even a giant dollar bill to go with the blow…

BAMN - "This Blows" Detail

Photos courtesy of the artist.

 

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London Kaye’s Valentines Crochet

Watch Crochet artist London Kaye as she covers the L in Valentines-themed yarn decorations.

via ANIMAL

Fantasy Subway Lines Print by Jay Shells

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From the man who brought you awesome projects like Subway Etiquette and Rap Quotes, comes this really nifty print. Jay Shells’ latest is an eleven-color screen print that includes all of the letters that are not currently used in subway lines.

The print, entitled “Fantasy Lines,” is available directly from the artist in a limited edition of 20.

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