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Midnight Moment: Chris Doyle, Bright Canyon. July 1-31, 2014; 11:57pm-midnight, every night. Photo by Lovis Dengler Osternik for @TSqArts

Chris Doyle, Bright Canyon
July 1-31, 2014; every night from 11:57pm-midnight

Chris Doyle transforms the concrete jungle of New York City’s Times Square into a flourishing canyon landscape for three minutes every night in July as part of Midnight Moment. The artist’s film, titled Bright Canyon, will premiere just before midnight on Tuesday, July 1st, and play every night throughout the month from 11:57 p.m. to midnight on Times Square’s electronic billboards. Midnight Moment is a monthly presentation of The Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts. The July Midnight Moment is presented in partnership with Andrew Edlin Gallery.

Bright Canyon reconnects Times Square to the natural world by conceiving the space as a gorge. Referencing the history of Times Square as the confluence of streams, the district’s walls and screens are transformed into a canyon landscape, populated by a series of exuberant local animals. The cliffs are based on photos, drawings, and videos taken in the Palisades along the Hudson River. Most of the animated animals are based on video of animals observed in Central Park. By starting in the sky, descending the cliff, and finally plunging into the river, the motion of the animation unifies the variety of screens into a single, immersive environment.

brightcanyon1Midnight Moment: Chris Doyle, Bright Canyon. July 1-31, 2014; 11:57pm-midnight, every night. Photo by Lovis Dengler Osternik for @TSqArts


Midnight Moment: Chris Doyle, Bright Canyon. July 1-31, 2014; 11:57pm-midnight, every night. Photo by Lovis Dengler Osternik for @TSqArts

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Midnight Moment is the largest coordinated effort in history by the sign operators in Times Square to display synchronized, cutting-edge creative content on electronic billboards and newspaper kiosks throughout Times Square every night. The program premiered in May 2012 and is organized and supported by the Times Square Advertising Coalition in partnership with Times Square Arts, the public art program for the Times Square Alliance, with additional partners of participating sign holders and artists.

Each night, Times Square becomes a digital art gallery through dazzling visuals on select billboards and newsstands. Every show begins at 11:57 p.m. with a "countdown" that signals the start of the three minute nightly presentation. Past artists featured in the program include Isaac Julien; Robert Wilson; Tracey Emin; Seoungho Cho; Vicki DaSilva, Surabhi Saraf, and Elly Cho; Erika Janunger; Takeshi Murata; Bel Borba with Burt Sun and André Costantini; Zach Nader; Brian Gonzalez (aka Taxiplasm); Björk; JR; Ryan McGinley; Jack Goldstein; Nature Theater of Oklahoma; Ezra Wube; Laleh Khorramian; Brian Dailey; and Yoko Ono.

Times Square Advertising Coalition

Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) is a trade association comprised of major advertisers, retailers, real estate firms, media companies and other businesses involved in the outdoor sign industry in Times Square, along with organizations representing Broadway and the community.   Members of TSAC include:  ABC Regional Sports & Entertainment Sales, Clear Channel Spectacolor, Daktronics, D3 LED, Digital Domination, Hines Management, Jamestown One Times Square, Lamar Advertising Company, Landmark Sign & Electric, Metro Media Technologies, Newmark Knight Frank, North Shore Neon, P.R.omotion!, Sherwood Outdoor, SL Green, Times Square Alliance, The WOW Factor and Thomson Reuters. www.timessquareadcoalition.org

About Chris Doyle

Chris Doyle is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He has exhibited widely at venues in the U.S. and internationally including The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Queens Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, MassMoCA, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Tang Museum, The Wellin Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Sculpture Center, and as part of the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center and the Melbourne International Arts Festival. His temporary and permanent urban projects include commissions for the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia and the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Stockholm, Sweden. Additional projects include commissions for Melbourne, Australia, Edmonton, Canada, Culver City, California, Kansas City, Missouri, Tampa, Florida, Louisville, Kentucky, and Austin, Texas. His work has been supported by grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, NYSCA, and the MAP Fund. He is the recipient of a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. Please visit chrisdoylestudio.com for more information.

About Andrew Edlin Gallery

Andrew Edlin Gallery was established in 2001 in a loft space in Chelsea with a program focused on outsider artists. In 2002, the gallery expanded to a larger space on 20th street and was recognized by the press for being the first to exhibit the work of Swiss artist Hans Krüsi in North America. The following year, Andrew Edlin Gallery presented a groundbreaking exhibition in a makeshift space near the Miami Beach Convention Center during Art Basel, featuring the works of Henry Darger, Adolf Wölfli, Martin Ramírez and other notable self-taught artists. In 2005, the gallery was granted exclusive representation of the estate of Henry Darger. In subsequent years, the gallery has participated in various art fairs, including the Outsider Art Fair, Art Forum Berlin, the Armory Show, Drawing Now Paris, the Dallas Art Fair and Art Basel Miami Beach. In the fall of 2009, Andrew Edlin Gallery relocated to a light-filled ground floor space in lower Chelsea where it continues to hold visually and intellectually provocative exhibitions of both trained and untrained artists. In recent news, the gallery has become the exclusive representative of the work of Marcel Storr, a previously unknown French artist whose 2012 solo exhibition at the Pavillon Carré Baudoin in Paris drew unanticipated crowds and was met with exceptional praise from critics.