The Urban Lens: Artist Paul Morris twists the NYC skyline into a colorful kaleidoscope

6sqft’s series The Urban Lens invites photographers to share work exploring a theme or a place within New York City. In this installment, Paul Morris shares his digitally altered streetscapes. Are you a photographer who’d like to see your work featured on The Urban Lens? Get in touch with us at

New York City is full of urban photographers, capturing streetscapes and buildings as they morph and grow and alter our neighborhoods. But very few can find a way to do this that is totally new, which is why the work of local artist Paul Morris is so refreshing. By juxtaposing his original photography with his graphic design skills, his large-scale patterns “capture and restructure elements discovered in urban landscapes to create innovative perspectives on objects found in everyday life.” His latest series focuses on the city’s biggest, and arguably most anticipated, new development–Hudson Yards. He’s also created “False Mirror” images of everywhere from the Rockaways to the Financial District. Ahead, Paul shares with 6sqft an exclusive collection of his photos and chats with us about his unique process and inspiration.

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Elle Decor + Roberto Coin + Paul Morris

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In his most recent collection, contemporary artist Paul Morris acknowledged the placement and opposing silhouettes that define Roberto Coin’s new Sauvage Privé Collection. Hudson Mid, pictured, is one of four pieces created exclusively for ELLE DECOR inspired by the jewelry’s distinctive architecture and opposing yet harmonious design.

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Elevated Scribbles

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YOUR child IS Picasso! Introducing "Elevated Scribbles". Using an unique design process, your child's art is printed onto giclee canvas and then gallery stretched wrapped onto wood frame. For more info email:
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Design On A Dime NYC 2017

Design on a Dime, founded in 2004 by Designer James Huniford, challenges interior designers to create unique room vignettes curated with donated merchandise from well-known home decor brands and artists. All merchandise in these one-of-a-kind rooms is then sold at charitable prices to design-savvy attendees. In 2016 Housing Works grew the event nationally expanding it to Miami, Florida for the first time. 2018 marked its most successful year: Raising a combined $1.6 million in support of the Housing Works’ mission to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS.

Since its inception, the event has raised over $15 million. With two locations, Miami, and New York, Design on a Dime will bring together an estimated 100 interior designers, over 800 top home decor brands, and nearly 6,000 guests.

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Art Takes Manhattan "Extended Consciousness"

World-renowned philosopher David Chalmers has developed the inspiring notion of an extended mind in an extended self that surrounds the luminous fundamental core, which is consciousness. The fire that makes anything matter, blazing in a somber physical world. Consciousness has been largely neglected even though we have absolutely nothing without it, and consciousness must reclaim its due place in our minds and culture. 

The artist however doesn’t create from consciousness alone, but much farther into the self and deeper into the world. The creative process goes visibly beyond the skull as technology increasingly takes over functions of the mind. Memories of forms or the sense of shapes, for example, could be scattered and reorganized around in the artist’s studio as handwriting notes, sketches, projections, screenshots, website indexes or any kind of information technologies. These memories would be retrieved and reprocessed just like the ones in the temporal lobe. A myriad of technologies around participate in our decision making, shape our emotions and are in fact part of ourselves. Our wearable computers, cloudy artificial intelligences and infinite software devices are intertwined in our cognitive processes, but even modern cameras or rudimentary instruments like brushes or chisels are extensions of mind and body. 

Art is an experience of the mind in its creation and its reception, mediated by the artwork and its aesthetic qualitative truths. But where does the mind cease to exist and the artwork commence independently? And where does art give way to other aesthetical phenomena before the conscious beholder? 

Modern and contemporary art have wandered by the obscurities of the unconscious for so long, but neglected the fundamental light at the core. Arts of all sorts are called here to join this pivotal time in the examination and discovery of the conscious mind. David Chalmers has explored the extended mind, consciousness, and the place of conscious experiences in an epistemological construction of the world, staying at the forefront of the philosophical and scientific debate of the mind. These territories give inspiration to Art takes Manhattan to curate an exhibition that aims at shedding light on the hard problem of what is that something it is like to be oneself. Art takes Manhattan is resolved to display how art can illustrate the ineffable and contribute to its understanding. What is it like to be oneself, if nothing else than an extended self.

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