I had been hearing about Jersey City for a while now. Several photos on other blogs had totally piqued my interest as many of my favorite artists have been creating work out there. There comes a time when you are a NYer when traveling to places like Jersey City, New Jersey (even though it is just 15 minutes from Wall Street) are travels into the vast unknown of the wasteland that lies beyond.
So the Path Train it was, complete with its Disney Man like announcements and clean shiny seats. Easy ride to Grove Street and the adventure began. I didn’t have a clue where any specific pieces were but the exploring proved fruitful and with the exception of a couple here and there, I think I found everything I went looking for.
Downtown Jersey City is actually quite lovely. It has a quaint American Main Street feeling with a wonderful burst of diversity. The glass and steel is slowing creeping in, but hopefully some of the charm will survive.
First of the artists I had come to see, Alice Pasquini. I had photographed a piece of hers a week or so ago down in Little Italy. If you head over to my instagram feed @bytegirl24 you will find her behind the Italian Flag.
Next up Li Hill.
Another of my favorites Case Ma’Claim
This one blew me away in person. Like a surreal fantasy dream, shades of Tim Burton. Dulk is a visionary.
Hudson Valley Art Supply is the proud host to a couple of pieces by Dylan Egon including Petey below. Be sure if you are there to look for Target Mickey in their window.
We even had the good fortune to stumble on work in progress. Nanook and Mataruda busy with the paint rollers. Always good to have a reason to want to go back. Can’t wait to see the finished piece.
Another beauty by Li Hill.
Pixel Pancho is one of those artists that really blows my mind. If you remember back during the Bushwick Block Party he and Case Ma’Claim collaborated on a pretty crazy piece of genius… you can find it in this blog post:
And a new one on me, an instant favorite and certainly someone whose work I will be eagerly seeking out from now on, NoseGo.
Last place to walk by, Dylan Egon’s. He had posted a photo online of the Sandy High Water Mark he painted on the front of his studio and I had to see it for myself. Still hard to believe how much damage this area took. Really puts it all in perspective.
All and all a pretty successful day, still have a couple of pieces to hunt down on the next trip into the wilds of Jersey.
So, next time then…