In the wake of recent events it is common for people, including myself, to turn to artwork for a sense of inspiration and perhaps a little faith. Near and dear to my heart, New York City was struck hard by the events of Hurricane Sandy and like so many others I am looking for not only answers, but relief. Will we be able to recover from this? What can I do to help? How do I find a sense of normalcy again?
As I ponder these questions I come to remember a piece of artwork I saw not too long ago. Created by NYC artist Michael Adam Alpert the photo (pictured above) signifies what I believe to be a part of this city and the current struggles that so many are facing.
While I am sure the people depicted in this photo have a personal meaning to the artist, I see something different. I see strangers of NYC who have come together during these hard times for help and comfort. Perhaps the man in the corner is working diligently to bring power back to so many who are without. Maybe the young girl is striving to help her family as they put their lives back together. There are many scenarios that come into play and it all depends on the viewer.
What signifies NYC in this artwork most is the use of what I believe to be graffiti. Maybe it’s a cliché to believe that graffiti is synonymous with Manhattan but it is certainly a quality that many people recognize.
It is difficult to say how things will progress in the coming weeks here in NYC, but I find artwork like this by artist Michael Adam Alpert to an outlet to turn to.
Written by potential art enthusiast.