What makes us stop seeing? Why do we spend so much time looking forward to things instead of simply enjoying the moment?
Here’s the thing, there is no excuse for not looking. None. Because there are so many things that deserve to be noticed right here, right now. Unexpected beauty that stops you in your tracks and makes you say “wow.” Beauty that adds color and contrast to the duller aspects of our lives, and makes the dirtier, hardscrabble corners of our urban neighborhoods worth lingering in.
In these first two murals, an artist friend of mine tells me he recognizes the skilled color work of street artist R. Nicholas Kuszyk, and after going to Kuszyk’s website, I think I agree.
It’s been a long workweek and it’s only Thursday, and I find I have spent too much time daydreaming about another glorious weekend at Smallpeace. From Sunday evening when we leave the country to Friday afternoon when we make our way back again, I’m too often wishing my life away. If I let this get out of hand, I just might stop noticing the creative expression that first drew me to New York City…and still makes me smile.
(*The last two works can be seen in person—along with other amazing graffiti art—at 5 Pointz, the Institute of Higher Burnin’, in Long Island City, Queens)