I recently met up with a friend who is a longtime New Yorker and shares my fascination with street art. "Have you seen this recent mural?" ha asks, showing me the picture above on his cell phone. My reaction mirrored the expression on the girl's face. There's something magical, and even dangerous about art in an urban landscape. The viewer's experience can be affected by the place, and the art can evoke responses very different than if it were viewed indoors in the context of a museum or gallery setting.
After spotting another image downtown, I was beginning to recognize the art as the work of the elusive and mysterious "DeeDee". The viewer is struck not only with the hyper-surrealism, but also the elements which inspired the work. DeeDee remains intentionally anonymous, only identifiable through her artwork, currently spotted outdoors in downtown NYC, and indoors at the Parlor Gallery in Asbury Park, NJ.
"Thinker with Cell Phone" by B.D. White
This streetlight base by Brooklyn artist B.D. White features the iconic image of Rodin's "Thinker" holding a cell phone. Having painted hundreds of streetlight bases throughout NYC, B.D.'s "mindful vandalism" is created from his wheelchair, the result of a spinal injury at age eighteen.
Evolving from his early years of painting billboards and dumpsters, to designer, today Tristan Eaton is a prolific street artist, whose work is recognized the world over. These two images can be seen in Little Italy, NYC. With any luck, you can nab a sidewalk seat next to Audrey Hepburn, and sip your cappuccino in style.
Nicoletta is a lifelong artist and art educator, with an M.A. in Art Education and Administration. She travels the world seeking cultural inspiration for her art, and has worked in fibers, acrylics, oils, and sculpture. Her current work is inspired by the reinvention of the mundane zipper, elevated to an art form into unexpected jewelry designs. Nicoletta’s artwork is shown throughout New York/New Jersey area and worldwide.