Critics’ Picks

Yorgo Alexopoulos, The Way to the Sea, 2015–16, digital animation on HD translucent LCD display, Thassos marble, gypsum 3-D print, aluminum, steel, glass, C-print on brushed aluminum, mixed-media diorama, LEDs, polished stainless steel, custom electronics, 10-minute infinite loop, 31 1/2 x 47 x 9''.

New York

Yorgo Alexopoulos

Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
505 West 24th Street
April 20–June 11

The most striking piece in Yorgo Alexopoulos’s latest show is Act of Nature: In Eight Chapters, 2015–16. Ten minutes of footage loops infinitely across eight synchronized LCD screens positioned at right angles to one another along the gallery’s back wall. Time-lapse photographs of landscapes merge with images both still and filmed; a blue triangle meets its translucent counterpart as a waterfall fades in and out of a densely populated forest.

Water undulates on seven screens in the similarly hypnotic Split Swell, 2016. Here, we experience an ocean rendered digitally, and we watch it at eye level, as if through portals on a ship. Time is the element in question here, unfolding against a changing sky whose hues shift from bright, citrusy colors to cold blues. The final destination on this perceptually fragmentary and time-collapsing journey? Totally unknown. But it’s nice to think that one needn’t embark on such a trip when it can be experienced through a mesmerizing simulated reality.

The Way to the Sea, 2015–16, a modular work that incorporates a looped digital animation, has dimensionality as its focal point. A 3-D gypsum print of a lush, mountainous tableau connected to a piece of robotically carved marble that juts out the parameters of the work’s tidy frame seems to explore the boundaries between our pastoral past and a technologically mediated future. There is an implicit irony in the way Alexopoulos moderates the natural world via the screen, trying to capture its essence and preserve a sense of idealism as might be done in an advertisement.