Yorgo Alexopoulos

Transmigrations

Yorgo Alexopoulos  Transmigrations

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For this exhibition Alexopoulos will present an ambitious video installation comprised of twenty-four flat screen monitors combined, synchronized, and installed on three of the gallery walls. A digitally animated metanarrative will unfold across the array of video screens augmented by sound effects and an original score. This immersive environment will take the viewer on a journey through a series of distinct visual chapters that explore our collective connection to nature, myth, magic, and things larger than the self. Alexopoulos produced and juxtaposed his own original artworks, including photographs, paintings, and live action video with adapted images that are rooted in symbolism to create this unique art experience.

Using the classic modernist grid as a compositional grounding, Transmigrations is a time-based digital tapestry of abstract and representational images. There is no algorithm or automated component that drives the technology behind the work. Rather, Alexopoulos creates his animations in real time making finalized decisions, using techniques and strategy he developed early in his career as a painter and visual effects artist. His work is stylistically and intrinsically inspired by Jennifer Bartlett’s Rhapsody, a 987- enamel plate installation from 1976. Alexopoulos’ hypnotic work is also informed by the tradition of early landscape painting and a sense of the sublime. Moreover, a part of the artist’s inspiration for this work stems from his belief that there is a innate benefit derived in the contemplation and reverence of nature and all aspects of our universe that are beyond our understanding.

Yorgo Alexopoulos lives and works in New York City. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the USA. Most recently his multi-channel digital animation, No Feeling Is Final, was on exhibit at the Torrance Art Museum, in California, and a unique architecturally site-specific version was commissioned by the Art Production Fund for the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.
Cristin Teirney Gallery, New York City
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source: beautifuldecay

Yorgo Alexopoulos is a New York-based artist who creatively uses media to construct immense installations and artworks. He combines his paintings, drawings, photographs and films with digital animation and sound to generate works that often comment on transcendental themes. Generally using multiple monitors or projections, Alexopoulos’ installations have a life to them that relies on rhythm, synchronization and movement. For instance, at Norman Foster’s Bow Building in Calgary, Alberta, Alexopulos created a 27 channel video installation that is otherworldly and stunningly beautiful (even just in images).
For his last solo show at Cristin Tierney gallery in New York, Transmigrations, Alexopoulos was inspired by his early paintings. Using the Constructivist movement formed in Russia in the early 20th century as his point of departure, Alexopoulos investigated a narrative based on folklore, magic and spirituality. Alexopoulos incorporated images, videos and paintings to create an animated journey. Part Moholy-Nagy kinetic sculpture, Jennifer Bartlett’s Rhapsody, and early landscape painting, Transmigrations is, as stated in the press release for the exhibition, a “contemplation and reverence of nature and all aspects of our universe that are beyond comprehension.”
Alexopoulos recently completed a permanent video installation for Chicago’s IBM building that is equally engaging and mesmerizing.
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source: yorgoorg

Yorgo Alexopoulos is a New York-based artist best known for combining a variety of media into immersive fine art installations and artworks. He makes works of art by fusing his own paintings, drawings, photographs, and films with digital animation and sound. He often creates his artworks by combining and synchronizing multiple monitors or projections. Alexopoulos’ artworks often touch upon transcendental themes. Some of his permanent installations include a recently completed 27 channel video installation for Norman Foster’s Bow Building in Calgary, Alberta. In 2011 he was commissioned by the Art Production Fund to produce a sprawling 432 LCD screen installation for the lobby of Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. His work was also exhibited at the Torrance Art Museum in the fall of 2011 as well as other galleries and institutions throughout the United States. In 2001 Alexopoulos was asked to contribute as the visual effects supervisor on the critically acclaimed documentary 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, advertising and other forms of media. Alexopoulos is a member of the legendary Los Angeles graffiti crew WCA (West Coast Artists) when during his youth he tagged “Ash” and helped pioneer the graffiti movement in southern california during the mid to late 1980s. He graduated from the the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995.