In All The Buildings In New York, James Gulliver Hancock attempted to draw..well, all the buildings in New York.
I'm Australian, and we tend to travel a lot. As a visual person, I've always drawn rather than written as I've moved through unfamiliar places. Most places I go I end up obsessively recording some part of it: In Berlin it was the bikes; Montreal the snow; Los Angeles the cars. When I moved to New York it seemed obvious to record the buildings. What started as another traveler's sketchbook, became a personal record of my new home—a map of sorts—that allowed me to embrace a familiar yet personally unexplored place. Everyone knows New York to some extent, a little more than other places, but we know it like a stage set, whether it be Oscar the Grouch's trash cans, the Ghostbuster's fire house, or the Huxtable's stoop. In an attempt to overcome this surreal familiarity I use drawing to stop and study these old friends from my childhood.