PERCEPTION // Materialization/De-Materialization

Time Square is New York's success story. It is the bionic heart, changing the blood that runs through the post-industrial world. The beat carries heavy across thick ponds and thinned dreams. It's colored brilliant in blinding neon, but manages to still remain silver and numb because it is inherently ephemeral, detached. 


It's history is fleeting. It was once a place intended to nurture animals and crops. It was called Longacre Square and to General John Morin Scott it smelled like the prime place to breed horses. At the turn of the century, the space anchored itself into a sea of promiscuity. It made movies and it made glamour and it transformed again to make pornography, the haunting hub of unregulated business. Relentless prostitutes roamed the streets and in packs, hypodermic needles and graffiti littered through out. Bill Clinton remembers.


It is a place of "Materialization/De-materialization" and Marco Brambilla brings a series of art installations during spring -- the season of change -- to Time Square. In partnership with Clocktower Gallery and Time Square Arts, the inaugural event was set at the indoor pool of the Grace Hotel on 45th Street. Rings of colorful silhouettes rippled and dissolved through the clouded body of water. The images began concise, yet illegible as a tight circle. Seamlessly the figures trekked outward and expanded through the murk. Right before they disappeared at the concrete edge of the pool, the contours were seen the most clearly. The cycle continued in dissipating transience.

The images were pulled from vintage episodes of Star Trek with the characters amid the state of "teletransportation" through space. Brambilla cut the original background and recontextualized the figures as indistinct bodies glowing in milky pool water. In the original television series, a teletransporter was used to convert a person into energy. The person became intangible, dematerialized. The person was then rematerialized in a different setting of their destination. According to the artist, every figure transported in the original Star Trek is incorporated in the piece. The television characters were in transit; like the visitors are in Time Square, as Time Square is herself.


A haunting and angelic ambience is set from the hands of Cammisa Forrest Buerhaus, the guest performer on the Chroma Color Organ for the opening. The After Hours Spring 2013 series will also feature installations and musical performances by Nomi Ruiz on May 9th at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, The Drums and Ryder & Hazel on June 12th at the Aspen Social Club and Jana Hunter at Playwright Tavern on July 10th.

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