Payphones are one of those things in a city that you usually overlook. Asides from being a great place to stick a sticker or a stencil on, they have all but become more or less useless or even obsolete, since mobile phones became a major part of our everyday lives. Visual artist Aristides Ruiz however sees them in a different light; now turning the humble payphone into a protagonist, in an ongoing series of paintings based on photographs taken in New York City. Ruiz uses the payphone as an anchor to depict the emotion and beauty hidden in the mundane coming and going of urban life where his paintings are meant to convey not only the information contained in the original photos, but also the feeling of the moment that they were taken in.
right / Aristides Ruiz, PAYPHONE with TROPHY
10 ½" x 15 ½" | Private Collection
Aristides Ruiz is a New York-based visual artist who has shown his work in gallery spaces across the USA. He has been a studio member at the Elisabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York since 2010.
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right / Aristides Ruiz, The PAYPHONE and the KING
8 ¼" x 12 ¼" | Private Collection