July 1–31, 2016
Every night | 11:57pm–midnight
Set sail on a surreal nautical journey where mythical beasts, haunting shipwrecks, ruins of a lost civilization and the great Leviathan whimsically prey on visitors of Times Square.
(New York, N.Y.) June 27, 2016–Times Square Arts brings Beau Stanton’s multi-channel animation Voyage to Times Square’s electronic billboards from 11:57 p.m. to midnight every night in July. This project is a part of Midnight Moment, a monthly presentation by The Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC)and Times Square Arts.
Influenced by imagery from Victorian patterns, letterpress printing, archetypal symbols, and apocalyptic themes, artist Beau Stanton – fresh from a massive commissioned mural for Dubai Walls – is known for his deeply metaphorical oil paintings that fuse these elements with modern environmental realities. Translating oil to animation, Stanton has preserved his antiquated language with a style that emulates early moving images, pulling inspiration from the zoetrope and the Lumiere brothers’ cinematograph.
In Voyage, a multi-channel animated narrative, Stanton’s detailed oils come to life to follow the journey of a ship through a series of surreal events and environments. From the first person perspective, the viewer is taken on an adventure deep under the sea, where we encounter mythical beasts, haunting shipwrecks, the ruins of a lost civilization, and the great leviathan. With a whimsical and somewhat Victorian feel, Voyage combines ancient maritime legends, man’s eternal struggle with nature, and current environmental concerns with our everlasting thirst for discovery.
Beau Stanton, Artist, said, “The main idea for Voyage was to create an immersive experience where the viewer feels like they have just wandered into another world by visually submerging Times Square below the sea.”
Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance, said, “Brilliantly, the artist takes our everyday place and turns it inside out to take us on a mythical voyage in which we battle a kraken and the high seas through a Victorian graphic lens.”
Sherry Dobbin, Times Square Arts Director, said, “When Lori Zimmer first introduced me to Beau’s work, I was mesmerized by looking through the portholes of a ship to these small animated videos. I loved the environments he created. It took some time to figure out how we would invert the images and think about being inside the ship, where the screens would be the portholes looking out.”
Lori Zimmer, Curator, said, ““I am so excited to invite the busiest center of New York – Times Square – to immerse themselves in the nautical mind of Stanton’s work each night in July! His animations reflect the painstaking detail and Victorian influence of his oil paintings, and bring viewers into the underwater journey of Voyage, splashed across the iconic screens of Times Square.”
Fred Rosenberg, President of the Times Square Advertising Coalition, said, “The committee was taken with this Brooklyn artist’s ambition and imagination. Times Square is where dreams come to life, and with this Midnight Moment we’re proud to light up our screens with the vision of this talented local artist.”
The following digital screens are participating in the July Midnight Moment:
ABC SuperSign, American Eagle Times Square, Bank of America, Branded Cities 7 Times Square, Branded Cities NASDAQ Tower Times Square, Branded Cities Thomson Reuters, Outfront Media 1515 Broadway/ Viacom North & South, CEMUSA, City Outdoor, Clear Channel Spectacolor HD127/CNN, Clear Channel Spectacolor HD128, Morgan Stanley Lights on Broadway, Sherwood Equities 1 Times Square, Superior Digital Displays Three Times Square #5, Superior Digital Displays Triple Play
About Midnight Moment
Midnight Moment is the largest coordinated effort in history by the sign operators in Times Square to display synchronized, cutting-edge creative content on electronic billboards and newspaper kiosks throughout Times Square every night. The program premiered in May 2012 and is organized and supported by the Times Square Advertising Coalition in partnership with Times Square Arts, the public art program of the Times Square Alliance, with additional partners of participating sign holders and artists.
Each night, Times Square becomes a digital art gallery through dazzling visuals on select billboards and newsstands. Every show begins at 11:57 p.m. with a “countdown” that signals the start of the three minute nightly presentation. Past artists featured in the program include Saya Woolfalk; Jennifer Steinkamp; Soundwalk Collective; Lorna Mills; Peter Fischli and David Weiss; Laurie Anderson; Antony Nagelmann; Jesper Just; Shahzia Sikander; Rashaad Newsome; Osgemeos; Eric Dyer; Richard Garet; Andy Warhol; Peggy Ahwesh; Marco Brambilla; Rafaël Rozendaal; Sebastian Errazuriz; Charles Atlas and Antony; Noah Hutton; Ryoji Ikeda; Daniel Canogar; Alfredo Jaar; Isaac Julien; Robert Wilson; Tracey Emin; Seoungho Cho; Vicki DaSilva, Surabhi Saraf, and Elly Cho; Erika Janunger; Takeshi Murata; Bel Borba with Burt Sun and André Costantini; Zach Nader; Brian Gonzalez (aka Taxiplasm); Björk; JR; Ryan McGinley; Jack Goldstein; Nature Theater of Oklahoma; Ezra Wube; Laleh Khorramian; Brian Dailey; Leslie Thornton; and Yoko Ono. For more information on past projects, please visit: http://www.timessquarenyc.org/times-square-arts/projects/midnight-moment/index.aspx
Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) is a trade association comprised of major advertisers, retailers, real estate firms, media companies and other businesses involved in the outdoor sign industry in Times Square, along with organizations representing Broadway and the community. Members of TSAC include: ABC Regional Sports & Entertainment Sales, Clear Channel Spectacolor, Daktronics, D3 LED, Digital Domination, Hines Management, Jamestown One Times Square, Lamar Advertising Company, Landmark Sign & Electric, Metro Media Technologies, Newmark Knight Frank, North Shore Neon, P.R.omotion!, Sherwood Outdoor, SL Green, Times Square Alliance, The WOW Factor and Thomson Reuters. www.timessquareadcoalition.org. Follow TSAC on twitter at @TSACNYC.
Times Square Arts, the public art program of the Times Square Alliance, collaborates with contemporary artists and cultural institutions to experiment and engage with one of the world’s most iconic urban places. Through the Square’s electronic billboards, public plazas, vacant areas and popular venues, and the Alliance’s own online landscape, Times Square Arts invites leading contemporary creators to help the public see Times Square in new ways. Times Square has always been a place of risk, innovation and creativity, and the Arts Program ensures these qualities remain central to the district’s unique identity. Generous support of Times Square Arts is provided by the. New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit http://www.timessquarenyc.org/times-square-arts/index.aspx for more information. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @TSqArts.
A multi-disciplinary artist, Stanton’s work takes the form of paintings, murals, large scale installations, stained glass,
and multimedia animations. Focusing on meticulous technique and craft, Stanton’s work is heavily informed by historic ornamentation, religious iconography, and classical painting. A keen interest in iconic visual symbols and Jungian archetypes often provides the foundation for his images. Stanton is originally from California where he studied Illustration at Laguna College of Art and Design. He relocated to New York after graduating in 2008 and continues to live and work in Red Hook, Brooklyn, constantly drawing inspiration from local nautical history. His work has recently been shown in a 12th Century crypt, on the Berlin Wall, in a Fiat 500, and in galleries worldwide.