Marco Brambilla's 3-D Installations Herald the Future of Video Art in "The Dark Lining" at Santa Monica Museum of Art

Marco Brambilla's Evolution (Megaplex)
Marco Brambilla's Evolution (Megaplex)
Marco Brambilla

This week in LA Weekly's print edition, Holly Willis explores Marco Brambilla's two 3-D video installations in his show "The Dark Lining" at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and how 3-D will impact the art world. She writes:

Those two 3-D works, Civilization (Megaplex) and Evolution (Megaplex), are scrolling, baroque landscapes, each with such florid detail that repeated viewing with concentrated scrutiny is required. The three-minute Civilization tackles heaven and hell in a dazzling vertical video tapestry reminiscent of 15th-century painter Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights.

Evolution, also a three-minute loop, samples and remixes some of Hollywood's most bombastic moments, with each minisequence either popping out at you or drawing you into some vertigo-inducing spiral. Glancing around, you see Dirty Harry striding purposefully into the gallery space as rockets catapult over your head. Characters from dozens of movies, including Star Wars and Apocalypse Now, writhe in a huge landscape, with Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet as the soundtrack. In this context, 3-D adds spectacle to spectacle, and the result is simply dazzling.

Read the story here: Marco Brambilla at Santa Monica Museum of Art


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >