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Nina Boesch: Upcycling New York
Thu, November 3, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Upcycling New York: MetroCard Collages by Nina Boesch at the German House
Inspired by everyday life in the city and the pursuit of making New York a greener place, the exhibit “Upcycling New York” features over twenty of Nina Boesch’s collages made entirely from used and expired MetroCards. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, assembled from cut-up pieces of subway tickets found in subway stations around the five boroughs of New York City. “Upcycling New York” demonstrates Boesch’s continuous engagement of transforming a mundane everyday object into something new and beautiful, giving new life to what most New Yorkers consider trash.
Cut into small pieces and sorted by color, the MetroCard provides a strong and iconic color palette—yellow, orange, blue, black, and white—that makes Boesch’s body of work so unique and recognizable. A single collage may contain over 10,000 of these small colorful pieces, stemming from as many as 300 MetroCards per artwork. The result is a collection of mesmerizing mosaic-like depictions of New York’s landmarks, city scenes, portraits, and urban animals.
Boesch’s work pays tribute to the city she is proud to call home. The concept behind it is a reflection of her eco–conscious upbringing in Germany. Having been raised in a country where recycling is strictly regulated, Boesch has always had a hard time adjusting to New York’s trash problem and culture of disposability. She arrived in New York City in the summer of 2001 and commuted by subway every day. Witnessing other subway riders carelessly toss their used and expired MetroCards on trains and in the stations, Boesch thought of an artistic challenge: she started upcycling MetroCards into artwork. Over the last fifteen years, her endeavor has turned into a serious art venture appreciated by a global following and art collectors across the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
About the Artist
German-born artist and interaction designer Nina Boesch has lived in the U.S. since 2001. She holds a BFA, earned with honors, in graphic design from Rhode Island School of Design. Her design work has been acknowledged with awards from leading design organizations, including the Art Directors Club, the Type Directors Club, the AIGA, and Adobe. Her work has been published internationally in media outlets such as Forbes, The Huffington Post, The Telegraph, The Daily News, UK Mirror, and NY1.
Location and time:
German Consulate General
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Thursday, November 3 – Monday, December 19, 2016
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Opening reception: Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.