Os Gemeos’ Mini MOCA Subway Car

Street art duo Os Gemeos were tasked with painting the ticket booth for MOCA’s Art in the Streets exhibition a couple weeks ago. After painting the booth, they decided to take their mission a step further and build a miniature subway car sculpture to place on top of it.

Martha Cooper of 12ozProphet and Subway Art fame documented the construction of this piece on her blog.

Well known subway writer REAS painted one side of it.

And famed graffiti writer and Subway Art veteran Blade was also on hand to paint a piece on the other side of the car.

All photos by Martha Cooper. Check out the rest of her photos from MOCA on 12ozProphet.

Photos from Single Fare 2

Single Fare opened earlier tonight and drew a huge crowd at the reception. The total number of works displayed clocked in at over 2000 this time around. Many artists that contributed last year did so again this year and of course, there were many newcomers. There were even a few pieces by Subway Art Blog featured artists such as Thomas McKean.

Here is a gallery of some of my favorite works from my first trip to the exhibition. These photos do not even scratch the surface. Go check out the gallery for yourself while you can!

Please note: some of the images might not be appropriate for younger audiences.

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Single Fare 2: Please Swipe Again

Single Fare 2 submissions by Alyssa Monks

Subway Art Blog is pleased to announce that there will be a second “Single Fare” MetroCard art exhibition opening this Thursday. Last year, Single Fare started off with a bang, including over 700 mini artworks by artists from around the world. This year should be no different. The founders Jean-Pierre Roy and Michael Kagan suspect the number of works might hit the thousands and are collaborating with Sloan Fine Art this time around which made it possible to add more exhibition days and gallery hours.

The beauty of this show is that it is as democratizing as the subway itself. They will be exhibiting all works submitted, and each will be sold (if the artist wishes to sell) for the same amount of money–just like the MetroCards bearing the art.

Single Fare 2: Please Swipe Again

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 17th, from 5 to 9 pm
Exhibition: Friday, March 18 through Saturday, March 26, 2011
Gallery Hours: Noon to 6pm (Closed Monday & Tuesday)

Sloan Fine Art
128 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002

Official Single Fare Website

No Pants 2k11

NYC got a much needed pick-me-up yesterday with the 10th annual No Pants Subway Ride, organized by our friends at Improv Everywhere. Several groups of pantless pranksters rode various subway lines and converged at Union Square Park.

The Pro-Pants Alliance was back once again to administer free pants tests, distribute pamphlets and even give out pairs of pants in hopes of converting the pantless to the warm side.

There was a blast of energy running through the city last night. A bit of goofy fun is just what we needed after going stir crazy these past few weeks with the snow and cold weather.

The Xylopholks jammed out underground amidst the chaos.

F Train Reveries

An exhibition called “F Train Reveries” opens tomorrow.

From the press release:

Featuring photography, illustrated volumes, video and mixed media installation by Golden Apple. This inaugural show will examine the appropriation of public space for private use in the NYC transit system.

Location: Fortissimo (63 Watts at Varick).
Dates: October 23 – November 6, 2010
Opening Reception: October 23rd  7-11pm
Wine and Beer provided by Sixpoint Brewery, featuring music by DJ Spindik.

Check back for a report from the opening!

Writing on the Wall

The folks over at the Wooster Collective are holding a very intriguing discussion tomorrow with Jon Naar, the photographer behind The Faith of Graffiti and Massimo Vignelli, the designer behind the signage in New York’s subway. The topic is the connection between graffiti and the internet. Hey, this sounds like it’s right up our alley!

The venue for the event is:

76 9th Avenue at 15th Street (11th Floor)

Be sure to RSVP!

Jeanne Verdoux at Muriel Guepin Gallery

Jeanne Verdoux’s subway life drawings first appeared on this site in February as part of our Artist’s Commute series. Ms. Verdoux is showing selections of her work at the Muriel Guepin in Brooklyn from September 25th – November 7th. The opening reception is tomorrow, the 25th from 6:30-9PM.

Muriel Guepin Gallery
47 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Wed-Sat: 11AM-7PM
Sunday: 12PM-5PM
Closed Monday & Tuesday

Poster Boy Book Release Celebration

Join Poster Boy and his collective for book release parties in New York, Miami, Los Angeles and London. Proceeds from the events will be donated to K.A.R.A.T.E. or Kids Are Rallying Against the Empire, a group that supports street artists and graffiti artists who are in trouble with the law.

Here are all the essentials for each event:

AE District Gallery

3852 N. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

Carmichael Gallery

5795 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

17 Frost Gallery

17 Frost St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Pure Evil Gallery

108 Leonard St
London EC2A 4XS
4-late pm

Single Fare – MetroCard Art Exhibition

Jason Bereswill, "Snorkler"

It all started with the self portraits above by art student Imogen Slater. Slater’s instructor, Jean-Pierre Roy was inspired by her idea of using MetroCards as her canvas to create an exhibition of MetroCard art by hundreds of other artists. Roy made an open call for submissions that lasted till Thursday and promised to display at least one by every artist that submitted.

The show will be up from May 8th through May 12th at a studio located at 224 Grand Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The reception is Saturday the 8th at 6pm.

Between Single Fare and the other two subway related art openings I reported on, it is turning out to be unofficial subway art week in New York.