Times Square: Cory Arcangel, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Brian Bress, Sue de Beer, Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, Heather Phillipson, and Martine Syms, Barclays Center’s Oculus: Meriem Bennani, Kate Cooper, Cécile B. Evans, GCC, Agnieszka Polska, Tabor Robak, and Jacolby Satterwhite, Westfield World Trade Center: Hayal Pozanti, LinkNYC’s Link kiosks: Lucas Blalock, Antoine Catala and Gabriel Kahan, Awol Erizku, Ed Fornieles, David Horvitz, Britta Thie, and Hannah Whitaker, PublicArtFund.org: Casey Jane Ellison
Public Art Fund | Various Locations
Curated by Emma Enderby and Daniel S. Palmer
Our world is increasingly shaped by the display of visual information. Digital advertising has been seamlessly integrated into both public and private spheres, while modes of communication, from social media to the smartphone, have changed the way we think about our virtual and physical worlds. Commercial Break, a citywide exhibition, presents 23 artists who have created platform-specific interruptions within the advertising cycles of some of New York City’s most highly visible and technically advanced digital screens. These include a large billboard in Times Square; Barclays Center’s “Oculus,” a 360-degree LED marquee in Prospect Heights; 19 digital screens at Westfield World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan; hundreds of LinkNYC’s Link kiosks in all five boroughs; and PublicArtFund.org, where the work will be embedded as a pop-up “ad.”
Commercial Break draws inspiration from the organization’s seminal exhibition series Messages to the Public, which ran on the 800-square-foot animated Spectacolor lightboard in Times Square from 1982-1990. Similarly disrupting the daily flow of advertising, but reflecting today’s visual saturation of digital screens, the artists in Commercial Break represent a new generation working in digital media to create interventions that resonate with today’s world. The array of commissions reflect and respond to issues relevant to our current moment: the shifting notions of online and offline spheres, the circulation of images, as well as the pervasiveness of advertising and its power to affect the political, social, and personal realms of society.
Commercial Break is Public Art Fund’s largest group exhibition to date and marks its first time presenting work in all five boroughs simultaneously.
Curated by Public Art Fund Associate Curators Emma Enderby and Daniel S. Palmer
FEATURED ARTISTS & SITES:
Times Square: Cory Arcangel, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Brian Bress, Sue de Beer, Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, Heather Phillipson, and Martine Syms
Barclays Center’s Oculus: Meriem Bennani, Kate Cooper, Cécile B. Evans, GCC, Agnieszka Polska, Tabor Robak, and Jacolby Satterwhite
Westfield World Trade Center: Hayal Pozanti
LinkNYC’s Link kiosks: Lucas Blalock, Antoine Catala and Gabriel Kahan, Awol Erizku, Ed Fornieles, David Horvitz, Britta Thie, and Hannah Whitaker
PublicArtFund.org: Casey Jane Ellison
VISITING THE EXHIBITION
Commercial Break is on view February 6 – March 5, 2017.
The Times Square billboard is located at the southeast corner of 47th Street and 7th Avenue. 15-second videos are being shown every 5 minutes, with a different artist each day of the week (See schedule below in Exhibition Schedule).
Barclays Center’s “Oculus” is located at 620 Atlantic Avenue, at the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues in Brooklyn. 30-second videos are being presented the last 30 seconds of each hour (6:59.30-7:00.00, 7:59.30-8:00.00, etc.) from 6:00 AM – 12:00 AM (midnight) daily, and a different artist is shown each day of the week (See schedule below in Exhibition Schedule).
Westfield World Trade Center is located at 185 Greenwich Street in Manhattan at the World Trade Center complex. Hayal Pozanti’s 10 second video are being screened every 100 seconds simultaneously on all of the complex’s 19 screens.
The five key intersections for LinkNYC's Link kiosks where the works are being shown heavily between 5:00 and 7:00pm daily include 86th St & 3rd Ave; 14th St & 8th Ave; Bowery from Houston to Delancey Sts; Frederick Douglas Blvd (from 123rd to 125th Sts; and 34th St & 6th Ave (Herald Square). The artworks are also being shown randomly across LinkNYC’s network in all five boroughs throughout the day, and a different artist is shown each day of the week (See schedule below in Exhibition Schedule).
PublicArtFund.org features Casey Jane Ellison’s work around the clock, along with the rest of the exhibition’s digital videos, images, and exhibition documentation.