New York City Transit Exposition series
New York City Transit Exposition series: Speak Softly, Photocollage, Margarita Korol 2010
(Originally published on September 26, 2010 at urbanpopartist.com)
As Urban Pop Art relocated headquarters from Chicago to New York City, attention was refocused from the corruption, malfunction, and midwest passivity of the CTA to the grime, seediness, and sheer urbanity of New York’s MTA.
With this transit to a larger, more diversely integrated city that is central to global affairs, a series of public service art has sprouted that integrates the public, the media, and of course the aforementioned seediness.
Last week, Sesame Street released an exciting new video with guest appearance by Katy Perry dancing with Elmo in a Youtube debut originally scheduled to appear in the network. It was pulled after mothers nationwide complained that Perry’s dress was too racy to show their kids. (Check out the NY Times story.)
However, when New York 1 covered the story, they ventured to the Lower East Side with a portable DVD player to ask NY mamas what they thought. “I don’t see a problem with it” was the sweeping consensus. Whatever is thrown their way on the street, New Yorkers have seen it. And while generalization is not the point, there is something to be said about adaptation and its relationship to sense-overload.
Introducing an Urban Pop Art public service exposition series. Mingling stills from vintage and modern pornography with urban public service announcements makes for more appealing renderings of the mundane. Porn provides visual stimulus suggesting the most ecstatic things that could happen to a person. It is no coincidence that it is a top global industry, and embracing the medium creates a comfort with extremes, strangers, and the kinetic—traits common to urban life. See them at a station or on a lamp post near you.
New York City Transit Exposition series: Boarding, Photocollage, Margarita Korol 2010