Yorgo Alexopoulos Works Selected as June's Midnight Moment in Times Square
Just in time for the month of the Summer Solstice, Yorgo Alexopoulos's site-specific June Midnight Moment will fill 42 large LED screens with abstracted celestial forms, creating a virtual solar system in Times Square. The artist's film, titled Transits, will premiere just before midnight on Sunday, June 1st, and play every night throughout the month from 11:57 p.m. to midnight. Midnight Moment is a monthly presentation of The Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts.
New York-based artist Yorgo Alexopoulos is best known for his innovative use of new media and technology in the contemporary art and film industries. The artist often transforms his paintings, photographs, films, and digital works into immersive time-based, fine art installations.
For the June Midnight Moment, Alexopoulos converts Times Square into a digital tapestry of lushly colored video artworks that are synchronized and displayed across 42 large LED screens. 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 the 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.
Yorgo Alexopoulos said, "The pieces I make fuse my interests and worldview into an artwork that has some mystery or abstraction but enough common symbolism that anybody can relate to. Ultimately, the audience makes their own interpretation but along the way the artist and viewer share a collective experience."
Sherry Dobbin, Times Square Public Art Director, said, "This is the first time we have used the signs as individual components of collage. Alexopoulos's unique solar system surrounds our special planet, Times Square."
Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance, said, "The addition of Alexopoulos's virtual solar system floating across our billboards every night in June adds to our special Summer Solstice celebrations, which also is, of course, linked to planetary movements."
Toby Sturek, Chairman of the Times Square Advertising Coalition, said, "We're thrilled that Yorgo Alexopoulos's innovating and captivating work was made to be displayed on the digital screens in Times Square. Locals and visitors will surely be fascinated by this month's galactic Midnight Moment."
The June Midnight Moment aligns with the Times Square Alliance's counter point to New Year's Eve: Solstice in Times Square celebrating the longest day of the year, June 21. Throughout history, many cultures have associated the summer solstice with a renewal of mind, body and spirit and a celebration of creative expression. What better place to celebrate than in Times Square - a center for creativity, energy, bright lights and over-the-top artistic expression. Visit www.TimesSquareNYC.org/Solstice for details.
The following digital screens are participating in the June Midnight Moment:
ABC Super Sign, American Eagle Times Square, Bank of America, CEMUSA, City Outdoor, Disney Store Spectacular, JVC Screen, NASDAQ, Spectacolor HD129 / Times Square Museum & Visitor Center Marquee, ClearChannel HD128, Spectacolor HD127 / CNN Screen, Superior Digital Displays Three Times Square #5, Times Square Museum & Visitor Center, Viacom North & South (SL Green Realty), Thomson Reuters, 7TS (7 Times Square), and V Media Times Square.