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NER BECK: A Photographic Exhibition of Lost and Found New York City Street Art at the Grand Central Branch of the New York Public Library

October 1st, 2012 - November 30th, 2012

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Ner Beck’s exhibition of 45 photographs travels to the Grand Central Branch of the New York Public Library. As a New York City graphic artist and designer, he has had a long-time 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 of recent photos of colorful prism-like reflections on windows.

Ner draws his inspiration from various sources. “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 story for that moment. The image must stop me in my tracks and tell me an interesting story that I have never heard before. It has to have a strong emotion. Humor, sadness, fear, abandonment or something expressing itself in a powerful personal way. Many of my images contain faces. They have always been interesting to me because they express such a range of emotions to everyone in 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. Masks have had an important historical significance and always commanded everyone’s attention.”

“As most 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 always present, waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.”

Library Visitors’ Comments:

“Whimsical and funny.”

“Tickled my brain cells.”
That’s why NYPL rocks! Artwork like this!”
“Fun and fanciful.”

“Thanks for making me laugh, makes me appreciate the city in a friendly way, perfect for NYPL.”

"Amusing, clever and a tad weird.”

 “Unique and creative.”
“Made me open my eyes.”

 “Thought provoking art.”
“I applaud your capturing everyday miracles.”

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