Last year Imogen Slater, a student of mine at the New York Academy of Art, came to a homework crit with a slightly guilty look on a her face. The project I'd given was to do a small self-portrait everyday for two weeks. Don't get too precious with them, I said. Be bold and accurate, but don't be timid. Asking to see what she had done, I watched Imogen take a small envelope from behind her back as she sheepishly replied, "I'm really sorry, but I've been sick for the past week and couldn't leave the house to get any surfaces to work on.... So I painted them on old MetroCards."
Out came the portraits, and the seed of "Single Fare" was planted. Imogen's little paintings beautifully transformed her own image while transcending the MetroCard's utilitarian purpose into something curious and wonderful. Art, on a very basic level, is just a visual document of the way the artist views the world and we hope that you join us in sharing your world with us on this most common of surfaces.
We will be posting a selection of the images for the "Single Fare" Show as we receive them to whet your appetites and to get your creative juices flowing.