Thursday, March 17, 2011

Life in the Window 2: Hiding in Plain Sight

Cup of the day #77, by Gwyneth Leech 
India ink on upcycled white paper coffee cup
Drawn in the window, March 11, 2011

Outside, it seems like the world is a maelstrom of bad news. But inside the window studio there is only a maelstrom of drawings, and all they do is hover, rattling gently with the vibrations of idling vehicles in the street. I sit drawing longer every day, wanting to hide here and watch the world through plate glass, everything softened and slightly removed.

 New cup drawings in the window
March 14, 2011

Now I recognize people: the Chinese designer who works on the block, the sock manufacturer who sent us a box of brightly colored peds, the mail-lady, the staff at Ben's Diner on break, and the many men with the trash cans who are based in the Fashion Center. They all stop by regularly to see how it is going, and they are not disappointed as the new cups accumulate and stack up around my drawing chair.

  Family photos in front of the Hypergraphia window
March 14th,  2011

The installation has become a bit of a phenomenon on West 38th Street. More people come every day. Little crowds gather and out come the digital cameras, SLRs and iphones. Families and tourists take turns posing against the glass, their backs to me as I draw. Some snap and keep walking, most smile and give me signs of appreciation - usually the thumbs up, but some blow kisses or applaud. One day a man bowed. A person could get used to this. 

 View from the Hypergraphia window
March 15th, 2011 

I do wonder where the photos will end up - e-mailed to friends, shown to fellow workers at lunch, posted on Facebook and Twitter? 
"Look at that!" exclaimed a young woman to a co-worker as they walked by. "That window is amazing."
"I know," said her friend. "Don't you remember I told you about it? We already took photos and posted them on our Tumblr."
Cool, I thought as they disappeared from view. "How remote and yet how connected we are!"
If your blog is Faux Real,  thank you, the pictures are great. If not, here's a shout-out to the photographer, whoever you are.

 View from the Hypergraphia window
March 16th, 2011 

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