Jason Polan Is Trying/Failing to Draw Every Person in New York City

Artist Jason Polan is trying to draw every person in New York City, and he’s failing.
 
Over six years ago, the idea formed in his head, and when it existed in the laboratory that sits between his ears, the concept was so simple, so clean, so utterly perfect in the way a circle drawn by some theoretical supercomputer is perfect. A) There is New York. B) There are people in New York. So, C) There could exist a total, whole and complete document of Every Person in New York.
 
But then, just after conception, the idea left his head and entered the world—as any art that ends up actually existing does—and became subject to the brutal elements of this sloppy place where drawing a perfect circle is, it turns out, inherently impossible. Suddenly, “Every Person in New York” was flawed, messy, ugly even.
 
Jason wouldn’t know if he was drawing residents, tourists or those just passing through. He could go door-to-door with piles of census data, but there’d still be plenty of people who existed off the grid, or people who moved here since the last data collection, or babies being born, or people dying, or some other factor that made New York a subject that just wouldn’t sit still. Any way he approached it, there would be countless tiny gaps in a portrait of the city, holes that would render the thing fatally incomplete. And even if Polan somehow disentangled this logistical puzzle, there was still the most glaring problem of all: He would have to draw something like 14 people an hour for 70 years to include “every person.”

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Artists Pay Tribute to Robin Williams
Although you might have never uttered the words “I’m a huge Robin Williams fan,” I could probably rattle off at least five of his movies that you love, or that at the least made you very happy for a while. Robin Williams was omnipresent through a lot of our childhoods. Somehow, through the range and progression of his roles, he was able to rise up and meet my generation at whatever level of maturation we were at, from the age of about four onward until he stopped existing.
Learning how to channel grief is hard, especially when it’s over someone you didn’t know personally. I draw pictures, as do a lot of people I know. Robin Williams was a fan of comics and illustration, so I asked people to submit drawings of him in tribute.
Out of hundreds of submissions, here are the 15 I thought were best.
Image above: Alex Fine

Johnny Ryan
 

Nick Gazin

Brian Butler

Killer Acid
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Artists Pay Tribute to Robin Williams

Although you might have never uttered the words “I’m a huge Robin Williams fan,” I could probably rattle off at least five of his movies that you love, or that at the least made you very happy for a while. Robin Williams was omnipresent through a lot of our childhoods. Somehow, through the range and progression of his roles, he was able to rise up and meet my generation at whatever level of maturation we were at, from the age of about four onward until he stopped existing.

Learning how to channel grief is hard, especially when it’s over someone you didn’t know personally. I draw pictures, as do a lot of people I know. Robin Williams was a fan of comics and illustration, so I asked people to submit drawings of him in tribute.

Out of hundreds of submissions, here are the 15 I thought were best.

Image above: Alex Fine

Johnny Ryan
 

Nick Gazin

Brian Butler

Killer Acid

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Megg, Mogg, & Owl – Part 13, by Simon Hanselmann 

Megg, Mogg, & Owl – Part 13, by Simon Hanselmann 

Fashion Cat in ‘First Class’ – by Alex Schubert

Fashion Cat in ‘First Class’ – by Alex Schubert

By Anya Davidson

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Fashion Cat in ‘Manicure’ – by Alex Schubert

Fashion Cat in ‘Manicure’ – by Alex Schubert

Megg, Mogg, and Owl – Part 8, by Simon Hanselmann

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Flowertown, USA – Part 6, by Rick Altergott
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Flowertown, USA – Part 6, by Rick Altergott

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In the latest Megg, Mogg & Owl, the titular characters get really high and go to laser tag, where they sing along to Ace of Base. Then things turn violent. 

In the latest Megg, Mogg & Owl, the titular characters get really high and go to laser tag, where they sing along to Ace of Base. Then things turn violent. 

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