In “NY See,” East Village-based artist Grant Shaffer illustrates his daily observations of New York life, with witty (and relatable) captions. Think: “someone walking on E. 14th St., obscured by a plant,” “footprint on 6 train window,” or “go-go boy tipped with an MTA card.”
Last week, Shaffer posted a drawing of a “Meta Moment”: his own illustration displayed on one of the LinkNYC wifi kiosks around the city.
Shaffer started the comic series last May to document little moments that he witnessed, mostly in the East Village. Today, the “NY See” Instagram page hosts over 200 of his observational drawings.
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“I started drawing NY SEE because I had students in my SVA class asking how they could get motivated to draw more,” Shaffer said. “I suggested they give themselves a challenge, like posting a drawing a day on Instagram. Then I thought I should try it myself, just as an exercise.”
So how did his art end up on display all over the city, as part of LinkNYC’s “Art on Link” program? Shaffer tells us he’s a fan of the initiative, which has previously showcased Adam J. Kurtz and Mari Andrew, and has been including its hashtag on his posts. “They saw my work and contacted me.”
Despite an impressive resume that includes work for the New Yorker and the New York Times, Shaffer seems in awe. “I’ve been constantly surprised when I see my comic on a corner somewhere,” he told us.
Try and catch “NY See” on your way around town this week. It might remind you how odd our New York lives look out of context.
As Shaffer said, “I think we all see a hundred odd things every day in this city.”