The Artist At Work: Joe Velez and the Singular Beauty of Humankind

For the longest time, there has been a fundamental and significant difference between the artistic landscape “over here,” meaning Jersey City, and “over there,” meaning New York. Artists who wanted to enjoy the mercy of the artistic playground tried Jersey City for a while before they moved on to the big, global and often cruel arts market that is New York City, where talent is often secondary and connections and personality are everything.

But talent, expertise, connections and personality in combination still allow you to reach that next, fiercely competitive level. The artistic exchange between Jersey City and New York has become a little more permeable thanks to gentrification, the financial crisis and a growing arts scene in Jersey City.

This article was originally posted October 11, 2012, in the
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