The Blue Hour

Olga Alexopoulou

  • Fri, Mar 08 - Fri, Mar 15 2019
    Closed on sunday
  • 10:00am - 7:00pm
  • Opening Reception
    Fri, Mar 8, 19:00-21:30
  • Free entrance

UltraSuperNew Gallery is proud to present the solo show of the international painter Olga Alexopoulou. The exhibition, brought to you in global collaboration with Istanbul Concept Gallery and the Herakleidon Art Museum, reveals the artist’s evolution through the colour blue, an evolution that includes the intersection between art and advanced technology.

Alexopoulou has spent years studying the color blue from antiquity to today, often travelling around the world to explore different blue pigments. The search for cobalt blue as it is used in the traditional way in blue & white porcelain, for example, took her to Jingdezhen, China, the capital of porcelain. Continuing her journey in the exploration of blue, Alexopoulou collaborated with the scientific laboratory that discovered plutonium, dark energy and the acceleration of the universe and subsequently created a new pigment. Confluencing nanoscientific principles and art, what is now called, Quantum Blue, is a pure color reminiscent of the period of a day known as the blue hour — that brief period of twilight before sunrise or after sunset.

The pigment is made out of quantum dots (inorganic nanocrystals made from semiconductors) and is blue in both absorption and luminescence. The concept was conceived by Alexopoulou and was taken on by Prof. Paul Alivisatos, an internationally recognized authority on the fabrication of nanocrystals. Nanotechnology scientists implemented the materials at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in California, along with colour expert Maria Chatzidakis from the University of West Attica.

The Blue Hour

Artist Profile

Alexopoulou, was born in Athens, Greece and is a graduate of the Ruskin School of Art of Oxford University. In the last years her works have appeared in museums and galleries around the world. In 2017, she was included in the 50 best women street artists in the world in publications in London and Paris. More recently her work was featured in the Biennale Internationale d’Art Mural of France and in May 2018 she exhibited her work and created a mural in New York on behalf of the Bronx Art Space.

The artist’s rich and expansive practice will be exhibited for the first time in Japan at the UltraSuperNew gallery, in March 2019.