Pedestrian

Art in Odd Places is taking over 14th Street: That means gold trash, mutilated stuffed animals and weirdo performance artists everywhere. We asked nine of them to explain their WTF creations.


Road Kill Stuffed Animals
What it is: Fake roadkill on 14th Street between Broadway and University Place, between Third and Sixth Avenues, and between Ninth and Tenth Avenues (Oct 11, 18, 25 noon–4pm)
What it means: “Stuffed animals are nostalgic childhood objects,” says artist L Mylott Manning. “Destroying them is an expression of the frustration, anxiety and pain of life.”







Ultra-Violet Beauties
What it is: A photo shoot—starring you!—with a special UV filter that reveals what’s going on underneath your skin (Sat 4, Sun 5 10am–1pm, 3–5pm, Union Square; Oct 16, Oct 17 10am–1pm, 3–5pm, 14th St at Ninth Ave)
What it means: “It’s about people directly confronting their flaws,” says former makeup artist and photog Cara Phillips. “I spent years helping women buy products to hide themselves, and I wanted to expose the flaws that can’t be seen with the human eye.”







Free Books
What it is: A box of free books, each purposely missing its last few pages
What it means: “I’m playing with the functional aspect of something versus its value as art,” explains artist Eric Doeringer. “By destroying its value as an actual book, I’m transforming it into a work of art.”







Midas
What it is: Busted, abandoned and otherwise ignored objects painted gold
What it means: “We miss so much of what’s around us,” says co-artist Boris Rasin. “The simple act of putting on a fresh coat of paint in a color you wouldn’t expect lets people see objects as if for the first time. We’re assigning value to things that otherwise have no value.”







The Pedestrian Project
What it is: Artists donning custom-made costumes that look like the faceless figures you see on road signs (Sat 4 2–5pm; Oct 11 3–6pm; Oct 25 2–6pm)
What it means: “The characters get us to humorously see ourselves through these generics,” says artist and costume designer Yvette Helin. “We all want to be someone and yet we’re more like those icon people than we care to admit.”







No Deliveries Today
What it is: Brightly colored boxes continually moved from one location to another; they never make it to their destination, wherever that is (Fri 3 2–6pm; Oct 26 10am–2pm)
What it means: “The boxes are become a metaphor of displacement and forced social nomadism,” says artist Miryana Todorova, who collaborated on the project with Hatuey Ramos-Fermín. “It points out the changes that render neighborhoods unrecognizable.”







Alegrias-Performances 01, 02, & 03
What it is: The artist pulls ski masks over her head (17 masks is her current record), then slowly peels them off. (Oct 11, 18 and 25 noon–2pm)
What it means: “New Yorkers will be forced to consider the many masks and layers of identity we wear and their suffocating quality, as well as the simultaneous desire to be seen and not seen,” says video and performance artist Arielle Falk. “I just hope nobody thinks I’m robbing a bank!”







Landscrapers
What it is: Tape frames shapes in the landscape, including bricks, sidewalks, crosswalks and windows (Sat 4, Oct 11, 18, 25 noon–2pm)
What it means: “How it is isn’t how it has to be,” says artist and designer Aakash Nihalani. “We need to see the city more playfully.”






Cultural Crossing Guard
What it is: Two performance artists get all Stacy and Clinton on your sadly outfitted arse (Oct 11, Oct 12 noon–3pm, 6–8pm)
What it means: “We’re going to be symbolically changing people—like popping collars, untucking shirts and slapping on adhesive name-brand labels,” says artist Sara Holwerda. “Then we’ll be showing them how to carry themselves differently for the neighborhood they’re about to enter. I’d like New Yorkers to question their own personal expression, and how authentic it actually is.”


WANT MORE? “Pedestrian”: various locations throughout October. Visit artinoddplaces.org for more info.

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