Central Park, image via Trina Merry
Trina Merry, a painter and photographer from New York, just released a striking series of photographs that feature female subjects painted and positioned to camouflage seamlessly into iconic New York City backdrops. As featured on Refinery 29, the artist has the following motive in “New York City Camouflage”:
“My series is an homage, and a challenge, to Big Apple women who feel the need to blend in with everyone else in Gotham. I think many women move here hoping to live ‘Sex and the City’ lives when the reality is most women have to ditch their fancy designer heels on the subway for more practical sneakers.”
NYC Skyline from Brooklyn, image via Trina Merry
The models in the photos are of different facial and body types, but they share one thing in common: they wear sneakers. The pictures seem to contradict the traditional concept of a female model who wears the finest heels and fits a certain bodily standard. The figures aim to represent the diverse and hard-working community of women who walk and work on the streets of New York City.
Manhattan Skyline, image via Trina Merry
The New York Public Library, image via Trina Merry
St. Marks Place, image via Trina Merry
One thing is certain: the painstaking and exceptional painting skills it takes to carry out work of this caliber.
Coney Island, image via Trina Merry
Learn more about Trina Merry and her work on her website and Facebook page. You can keep up with the latest in the New York City art scene by following our coverage of the NYC arts and culture scene. Check out our latest piece Apps Transform the NYC Subway Advertisements into Street Art.
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Twice a year, Fashion Week descends upon New York like a swarm of well-dressed bees. There are clothes! There are models! There are famous people! There is media attention! Here’s my brief brush with fame for the week: on my way to sketch night on Tuesday I was annoyed to find my path blocked by a herd of excited people staring at the door of the Belstaff store on Madison Ave. Uggghhh, I thought, get out of the waaaay. A small army of photographers were laying in wait with cameras at the ready, each of them dressed in black. Which celebrity was about to grace us with their anointed and highly-paid presence? And out sauntered a grinning David Beckham in a leather jacket, followed by a trail of lesser-known models, also in leather. It was a really nice jacket.
Just below the Pool is a charming little manmade waterfall that flows into the Loch, which winds its way northward through a ravine. The Lochs course presents multiple opportunities for building-less spots because of its low elevation and overhead vegetation. Apparently we weren’t the only ones who enjoyed the scenery; you can make out a man painting the landscape on the far right of the above panorama.
One of the most amazing things about New York City is its subway system, with 468 stations currently in operation. In the past, Untapped Cities has covered how New Yorkers have creatively occupied these spaces to provide unexpected services such as getting a hair cut, or having keys made.
This week, we were excited to discover the Bushwick Ave-Aberdeen Street stop off the L train. Usually, small businesses house their services within the subway station. At this stop, the subway entrance itself is housed between two used car dealerships–Zaki’s Auto Land and Dawan Motors LLC. Digging into the history, the station was built in 1928, while the two car dealerships opened after.
Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today:
Image via Pentagram
Ever wonder about the NYC’s subway signage? Most New Yorkers who use the subway daily have probably never heard of the design firm Unimark. In 1970, designers Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda of Unimark created a language not only for how people would read subway signs, but also the way people would use the NYC subway for the next 44 years. The published document was a 13″ x 13″ Standards Manual held together in a 3-ring binder. And now, Pentagram is hoping to bring it back via a Kickstarter campaign that goes until October 8th. It’s been so popular that they have raised more than 5x the $108,000 goal so far.