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[Video] Yorgo Alexopoulos' Living Pictures

The artist's varied career path has ultimately led him into a world of dynamic creation.

Yorgo Alexopoulos has built a career on manipulations and interpretations of the 2D image. A graffiti artist turned early adopter of digital tools like Photoshop, the axis of Alexopolous' creative life shifted a decade ago when called to work on the acclaimed 2002 Robert Evans documentary The Kid Stays In The Picture. The story of Evans, a legendary Hollywood producer, posed an interesting challenge: how do you breathe movement and life into still photos?

The solution, the now-ubiquitous 2.5d technique utilized by Alexopolous and his team, unlocked new photographic dimensions not only for the movie going audience, but for Alexopolous as well. “I started to look through my entire body of work...and I realized I could do this with my photographs and I could do this with my paintings," says Alexopoulos in video above.

Though he currently works with software more than spray paint, Alexopolous' graffiti roots are still apparent in the bold patterns and color palettes of new media works. In Transmigrations (below), a 24 channel video installation with looped soundtrack, the works are displayed like traditional paintings on the walls of Cristin Tierney Gallery. 


Transmigrations (2012), Solo Exhibition, Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York 


Transmigrations (2012), Solo Exhibition, Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York 


Transmigrations (2012), Solo Exhibition, Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York 

Alexopoulos' commercial work also enjoys this bold, digitally manipulated aesthetic:


NO FEELING IS FINAL; REDUX (2011), Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

BEGUILED BY MYSTERY (2013), IBM Building, Chicago, Illinois

PORTAL, (2013), The Bow Building, Calgary, Alberta

For more information on Yorgo Alexopoulos you can view his work here. And for another cool example of this technique check out our recent video on Four Tet, in which we used The Kid Stays In The Picture Effect to illustrate musician Kieran Hebden's stories and bring his photos to life: