Brooklyn, I love to walk it every day. Observation and curiosity mixed with feelings of visual aggression: graffiti, advertising, construction fences placarded with multi-layers of signs and posters. I could not avoid them, so in order to keep some pleasure in my walks, I had to find a way to look at this differently.

They became abstract paintings, cartoons, compositions of layers damaged by time and weather. They each had their own stories.

I found a way to make my walks more enjoyable. 

Following in the path of the “Nouveaux Realistes” like Jacques Villegle, Raymond Hains, or Mimmo Rotella, I started looking for these images, taking close-up pictures. Not only were they found objects but they were also my “Urban Landscapes”.

- Jean-Yves Noblet