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.

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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…

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Photos courtesy of the artist.

 

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.

Stunning Subway Watercolors by Joan Iaconetti

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Check out these incredibly dramatic watercolor paintings by artist and teacher Joan Iaconetti. The MTA should just post her paintings over the actual surfaces underground. Maybe some riders would smile on occasion.

More images on Joan’s blog!

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Going UR Way

SKI and 2ESAE of UR New York have kicked off a sweet new subway project. “Going UR Way” involves custom black vinyl stickers created by the artistic duo. Each one is cut to form the silhouette of a figure and then placed on the surfaces of subway cars, each which interact with their environment very playfully.

2ESAE described the project to me:

We’re trying to make our mark in the public spaces even if its a small statement. As opposed to the tradition of just dripping or scratching our names into shit we found a cleaner, less invasive technique with the hopes they get to ride and reach more of an audience. We chose everyday imagery that people can relate to which is inviting and invokes thought. The message is simple: “Be Who You Are”, which in a way we are subliminally putting out there.

I’ve been told to keep an eye out for more of these soon. Send in your photos if you catch them in the wild!

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The Subway Art of Logan Hicks

Logan Hicks is a New York-based subway art veteran. His work explores the dynamics of urban environments, so naturally public transportation is depicted in much of his work. One of his newest series focuses on New York’s subway. Logan depicts life on subway trains in these pieces made out of anodized aluminum, inside custom machined aluminum frames that mimic the windows of subway cars.

I was lucky enough to be a part of the piece above (that’s me turned around gazing at the viewer).

The anodized aluminum series is being shown now at the Opera Gallery in Paris France and closes tomorrow!