I love New York, until recently my only exposure to New York was in the movies. Over the last couple of years I've been able to visit the city, and it's so much more awesome in person than it is in the movies. It's such an incredibly awesome city.
To celebrate the city as depicted in some of our favorite movies, here's a fantastic collection of art created by UK artist Raid71. The art is part on an art show called The Popular Face of New York at the Bottleneck Gallery, and they are showcasing around 25 pieces. The show takes place from March 15th to March 29th. A majority of the proceeds he earns from his regular work at the show goes to ArtVCancer charity.
They sent us a few great illustrations for you to check out, and here's what the artist had to say about his work...
Pop culture profoundly influences the identities of not only its consumers, but also its real world referents.
The curate’s egg that is globalisation has scattered a billion Brooklyns, Bronxes and Manhattans around the world. Each one is selectively shot, sung or drawn with an agenda. When the world sees Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks finally meet at the top of the Empire State Building with Manhattan spread out before them like a celestial banquet, the city becomes as synonymous with romance as Belle Époque Paris; when Kong climbs the same building to meet his tragic fate, the city becomes a jungle in which the astounding and the unique are forever doomed to be reduced to bloody spectacle; when Patrick Bateman wends his sanguinary way through the antiseptic warrens of Wall Street, the city becomes an icy skullscape where weakness is punishable by death.
With the exhibition ‘The Popular Face of New York’, I present an outsider’s perspective on a city. For me, this is Scorsese’s city – an abyss of vice, drugs and crime which echoes with the sound of ricocheting bullets; it is Woody Allen’s city of introspection, ennui and sexual paranoia; it is the only city in the world strong enough to survive a million celluloid obliterations; it is a postmodern diorama in which Top Cat and Vito Corleone can coexist on the same block.