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yorgo2Midnight Moment: Yorgo Alexopoulos, Transits. June 1-30, 2014; 11:57pm-midnight, every night. Photo by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

Yorgo Alexopoulos, Transits
June 1-30, 2014; every night from 11:57pm-midnight

Just in time for the month of the Summer Solstice, Yorgo Alexopoulos's site-specific June Midnight Moment will fill the digital billboards in Times Square with abstracted celestial forms, creating a virtual solar system in Times Square. The artist's film, titled Transits, premieres just before midnight on Sunday, June 1st.

For the June Midnight Moment, Yorgo Alexopoulos converts Times Square into a digital tapestry of lushly colored video artworks that are synchronized and displayed across the digital billboards in Times Square. His videos are renderings of intermixed animations of abstracted celestial forms, geometric shapes, patterns, and expansive views of outer space. As planets and stars pass across one another, the artwork explores the human process of interpretation and perception. Displayed across a wide array of screens in Times Square, the viewer experiences depth, movement, and motion through the artist's use of opposing temporal and spatial animations. Each night, the artwork unfolds over the final three minutes before midnight, creating a uniquely immersive experience.


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.

 

yorgo3Midnight Moment: Yorgo Alexopoulos, Transits. Photo by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

 

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Midnight Moment: Yorgo Alexopoulos, Transits. Photo by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

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Midnight Moment: Yorgo Alexopoulos, Transits. Photo by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

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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 Yorgo Alexopoulos

Yorgo Alexopoulos is a New York-based artist best known for combining a variety of media into immersive fine art installations and artworks. He creates his artworks by combining and synchronizing multiple monitors or projections, LED screens, and electronics into custom-fabricated structures and architectural environments. Alexopoulos’s artworks often touch upon transcendental themes. In 2001, Alexopoulos was the visual effects supervisor for the film The Kid Stays in the Picture, which chronicles the life of Hollywood legend Robert Evans of Paramount Pictures. On this project he was instrumental in the development of the 2.5d effect that is now ubiquitous in video art, film, and advertising. Alexopoulos was raised in Venice Beach, CA, and was a member of the legendary Los Angeles graffiti crew WCA (West Coast Artists) when he tagged as “Ash” during the mid to late 1980s and helped pioneer the graffiti movement in Southern California. His work has been exhibited internationally and throughout the United States. He graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995. Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York represents him. Please visit www.yorgo.org for further information.


About Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Since it’s founding in 2002, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery has made a major commitment to representing artists who are exploring the intersection of art and technology. The gallery’s roster has made significant contributions to the genre of video and new media and have profoundly influenced future generations of moving image makers. In addition to its exhibition program, Bryce Wolkowitz offers Art Consultation Services for private and corporate collections. As a member of The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), the gallery participates in numerous international art fairs including Paris Photo, The Armory Fair and PULSE Miami.


12 past 12

Looking for a nightcap after Midnight Moment? Times Square Alliance and Times Square Arts present the promotional program, 12 past 12, featuring twelve neighborhood bars, open past midnight, that offer locals and visitors a speciality cocktail or deal to enjoy following the Midnight Moment screening. Just mention "Midnight Moment!"

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