wall cuts

Barton Lewis

Wall cuts are panels in New York City subway stations where print advertising is displayed. Transit workers remove or paper over posters; "subway artists" tear layers to create collage-like effects and add graffiti; time passes and paper deteriorates.

The results are a revolving display of found or accidental art, calling to mind Abstract Expressionist, Color Field and Pop Art paintings, collage, mixed media and more recent artistic trends incorporating graffiti, text and abstract and figurative forms.

The panels are remarkable for their intrinsic beauty, variety and range of effect, and for being the product of random forces and human design.

Barton captures these creations using the VAST technique for producing exceptionally high resolution photographs. The photographs are then printed in large formats, resulting in impeccably precise physical replicas of the wall cuts.