A Public Art Event

The event serves a number of purposes: to provide a festival of art and ideas for the community; to inspire artists; to find and develop connections between art and science; to raise awareness of environmental issues; and to celebrate Laguna Beach as a center for the appreciation of art and nature.

The theme of Art & Nature speaks particularly to the identity of Laguna Beach, which for over a hundred years has fostered art, the love of nature, and environmental awareness. In 1929, when the Laguna Beach Art Association built a gallery to show and sell their work, they chose a commanding location on the coastline, close to the natural wonders they loved to paint. The present museum occupies the same site. There could be no more appropriate venue in which to explore the art-nature connection.

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Commissioned Work of Art

360° Azimuth

Yorgo Alexopoulos (born 1971) is the museum’s commissioned artist for Art & Nature 2019. Alexopoulos creates paintings, time-based media artworks, and installations. He often synchronizes multiple monitors or projections in a dynamic ensemble to create an ever-changing, immersive spectacle. Using landscape symbolism as a point of departure, he combines Euclidean geometric shapes with a multiplicity of moving images, whether filmed, photographed, painted, or drawn, that unite representation and abstraction into a common aesthetic. At Laguna Art Museum his large-scale installation, 360° Azimuth, will feature a two channel video projection with sound in which landscape symbols become metaphoric “characters” in an animistic meta-narrative where reality and constructs of our collective subconscious seem to co-exist peacefully. An American-born artist of Greek descent, Alexopoulos graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives in Los Angeles.

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The Artist

Yorgo Alexopoulos

Yorgo Alexopoulos is an American-born artist of Greek descent who combines a variety of media into immersive fine art installations and artworks. He is best known for his moving image works that fuse painting, drawing, photography, and cinematography into video installations and mixed-media sculptures. He often presents these works by combining and synchronizing multiple monitors or projections. Alexopoulos’ artworks are concerned with the archetypal and often touch upon transcendental themes. Though he is frequently referred to as a digital artist, his practice is rooted in painting, the artist’s primary medium.

Permanent public installations include a 27-channel video installation for Norman Foster’s Bow Building in Calgary, Alberta, as well as large-scale video installations in Chicago’s AMA Plaza designed by Mies Van Der Rohe, and New York’s Row Hotel in Times Square. In 2011, he was commissioned by the Art Production Fund to produce a sprawling 432 LCD screen installation for the lobby of The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.

A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he lives and works in both Los Angeles and New York City. He is represented by Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York City.