“No Feeling is Final” is a multi-channel video installation by New York City-based artist Yorgo Alexopoulos. After spending over two-years meticulously creating, editing and digitally stitching all of the imagery and sound together, Alexopoulos finally completed the piece just in time for its debut public presentation at the Torrance Art Museum in California in the fall of 2010.
This piece has already been exhibited twice more. Kinz-Tillou Fine Art presented the work in New York City at a one night pop-up show at Openhouse Gallery on February 17, 2011. In a more radical departure, the same piece was mounted in the new lobby of the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas in a 120-panel high-definition video installation. The Cosmopolitan has a bright recent history of collaborating with renowned new media artists like Leo Villareal and TJ Wilcox to incorporate art into the building architecture and visitor experiences. Alexopoulos’ major installation, which lit up the hotel’s lobby and transformed it into a psychedelic home base for Vegas revelers, was part of the stage used during performances by Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles on New Year’s Eve, 2011.
In this ten-minute long looping digital video, an animated grid of manipulated paintings, graphics and photographs move across a series of screens in a synchronized and abstract dance. Using archetypal symbols and icons from science, philosophy, geography, and global religions, the video offers viewers an experiential journey meant to explore the complexities of the universe and our various transcendental ways of interpreting its vastness.
Alexopoulos, a Greek-American who spent his childhood traveling between Los Angeles and Athens, is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Perception of nature, both by the individual and the collective, is a central theme in his art. His works seek to make sense of the unknowable aspects of both the scientific and the metaphysical universe and he has participated in exhibitions throughout the United States including in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
In addition to his fine art career, Alexopoulos has been prolific in the cinema world, contributing motion graphics to many highly acclaimed films including Nova’s The Elegant Universe, The Devil Came on Horseback, Joan Rivers; A Piece of Work, Vidal Sassoon – The Movie, and Planet B-Boy. His work as Visual Effects Supervisor on the cult-classic film The Kid Stays in the Picture, about legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans (Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Love Story) landed Alexopoulos at the Sundance Film Festival. His work has taken him to that important festival twice since. “No Feeling Is Final” marks Alexopoulos’ triumphant return to the fine art world.
By Randy Gladman for The Ministry of Artistic Affairs.