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NER BECK: An Exhibition of Photographs of Lost and Found New York City Street Art


February 27th, 2013 - May 28th, 2013

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Ner Beck’s exhibition of over 35 photographs now travels to the Mulberry Street Branch of the New York Public Library. As a New York City graphic artist and designer, he has had a lifelong interest in overlooked street art captured in photographs. These images are found on his daily walks in neighborhoods throughout the city. Besides his fascination with face-finding and found art there is also a section on display of colorful prism-like reflections on windows. 

Dollar Store Doom (window reflection)Dollar Store Doom (window reflection)In a recent interview he discusses how ordinary street objects inspire him. “It might be a glowing color on an overcast rainy day, two circles that make a pair of eyes that speak to you, or a juxtaposition of elements that tell a strange or interesting story. It must also include a strong emotion such as humor, sadness, fear, abandonment or something expressing itself in a powerful personal way. Many of my images contain faces and that has always been interesting to me because they can express such a range of emotions that everyone can identify with such a visceral way. They can be compelling in the same way a child loves their stuffed animal or when an adult looks into the face of a family member or their pet, and over the centuries masks have had an important historical significance and always commanded everyone’s attention. Every day, as New Yorkers hurriedly target their destinations they tend to aim themselves straight ahead, frequently missing these faces, creatures, mini-environments, architectural details, holiday characters and unintended visual statements waiting to be noticed and appreciated. So the next time you travel on foot, try walking a little slower, relaxing and glancing obliquely. Many of these visual stories have always been there, some are permanent and others disappear overnight. Look for them, they are everywhere, waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.”

To read more about Ner Beck’s photographs visit –