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by the Grand St. D train subway stop

by the Grand St. D train subway stop

I’m an artist, musician & graphic designer currently living in NYC.  In hopes of finding some mental and creative stimuli, I’ve decided to document all the never-boring action pact crazy beautiful events I experience living in the surreal gotham city &  inspirational findings that I hope will influence and intoxicate me until I pass out and wake up in freeform artistic euphoria. And maybe learn to write without using run on sentences and starting sentences with ‘and’.

As of right now, in real life, every morning when I wake up and go to work in the city it’s hectic. Millions of people from different backgrounds speaking hundreds of different languages, noises coming from everywhere, trains, planes, cars, dogs barking, music blaring, cell phone ring tones, spitting, laughing, yelling, swearing…it’s an urban street symphony that creates a daily rhythm that is felt & adhered to.

Once the chaotic jazz freak out patterns settle, the once perceptually overloaded world becomes commonplace and some New Yorkers can open their eyes & ears to amazing art & music hidden beneath the topiary of city hustle and bustle. I’m not talking about the MoMA, the Met, the Guggenheim, the Whitney and the Brooklyn Museum. Or Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden.

Besides the hundreds of world renowned museums and venues, there are the local self-made galleries and venues found next to bars, bodegas and old warehouses. Walking outside is a gallery and concert in and of itself, an exhibition of our immediate culture.

Repetitious ads stapled to construction work zones creating colorful patterns, tampered subway ads with new added social commentary or blatant sexual misdemeanor, detailed yet massive murals painted on walls or subtle faces etched into sidewalks, band practice from the apartment across the street. It then becomes obvious why so many people flock to the city that never sleeps, where a pack of cigarettes cost $10 and your $1200 studio is the size of a suburban walk-in closet or bathroom. Not the graffiti and questionable music just on its own, but rather the significance and awe of a city that’s constantly buzzing with artistic and cultural energy.

This constant flux of energy pumps blood into the arteries of thirsty musicians, artists and designers. In return, our city blocks are a living pulsing canvas reflecting the most current ideas expressed in visual form. Here, Art creates another dimension, not just one we passively look at but one we actively engage in and create ourselves.

It’s my high hopes that maintaining this blog will drive me to experience all the art music & design that NYC has to offer and in turn help me to develop as a graphic/fine artist & musician. Enjoy the posts,  the art, the design, the music from me & my husband, and the songs from the greatest party band in Brooklyn, the Eskalators & continuing the discovery of art music & design in new enlightening ways.

Orchard Street, LES

Orchard Street, LES