Marco Brambilla

Marco Brambilla | Creation (Megaplex)
Nove 3 – Dec 22
Opening Nov 3, 6-8pm

Christopher Grimes Gallery

Creation (Megaplex) by Marco Brambilla, the completion of a trilogy of 3D video collages.

-JO

Super 8 at Christopher Grimes Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, July 8th, 7-9pm
July 8 – September 3, 2011 

Here’s your chance to see a lot of video work and catch a couple of lectures. There is a more detailed schedule on their web site, but here’s some of the press release.

“For this exhibition, the gallery has invited eight artists to curate a week’s worth of programming with fellow artists from their respective cities. Each week of Super 8 will focus on a different city. Within that week, a day will be dedicated to the work of one artist. Below is a listing of the featured cities and artists (a schedule for each city will be e-mailed in the following weeks):

Week 1: Lisbon
Julião Sarmento, Alexandre Estrela, Gabriel Abrantes, João Onofre, Vasco Araújo

Week 2: San Francisco  
Richard T. Walker, Nate Boyce, Michael Damm, Kota Ezawa, Desiree Holman 

Week 3: Tokyo
Takehito Koganezawa, Tatsuo Majima, Yuki Okumura, Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi, Meiro Koizumi 

Week 4: Rio de Janeiro
Tunga, Louise Botkay, Marta Jourdan, Laura Erber, Thiago Rocha Pitta

Week 5: London
Wood & Harrison, Graham Gussin, John Smith, Ruaidhri Ryan, Marcus Coates 

Week 6: Los Angeles
Marco Brambilla, Euan Macdonald, Julie Orser, Morgan Fisher, John Baldessari  

Week 7: Berlin  
Reynold Reynolds, Marc Aschenbrenner, Julian Rosefeldt, Rui Calçada Bastos, Bjørn Melhus 

Week 8: Dublin
Walker & Walker, Gerald Byrne, Jaki Irvine, Grace Weir, Dorothy Cross

Super 8 highlights key video artists from their respective cities, in addition to contextualizing their work within a global community of artists working in the same media. Through various approaches, from a variety of generations, Super 8 will present a cross section of this often misunderstood and underestimated form of art.

Curatorial symposiums will be held during the exhibition. Independent curator, Carole Ann Klonarides, will give a lecture on the history and collecting of Los Angeles based video work on Tuesday, July 26th at 7:00pm. Glenn Phillips, curator at the Getty Research Institute, will give lectures on video art in Brazil on Wednesday, July 27th at 7:00pm, and video art in Japan on Thursday, July 28th at 7:00pm.”

I saw the Marco Brambilla show at the Santa Monica Museum of Art this past weekend. The last room had two 3D video collage art works. This clip is of Civilization (Megaplex), 2008. Evolution (Megaplex), 2010 was my favorite of the 3D work. Here is a bit of the press release-

Evolution (Megaplex), 2010, a new large-scale 3D video collage, which displays the history of humankind through the lens of cinema. In this never before seen work, Brambilla combines hundreds of clips from genre films that re-enact historical moments as grand spectacle. This cacophony of images is looped and mapped into an infinite three-dimensional environment that scrolls horizontally across time. Evolution emphasizes conflicts through the ages, in a remix that seamlessly moves through past, present, and future, providing a satirical take on the bombast of the big-budget ‘epic.’”

I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed Brambilla’s Evolution (Megaplex). The 3D worked well with the subject matter and the video collage. If you are in LA go see it so you can experience the 3D yourself. Other pieces I found interesting were HalfLife, 2002 (which I remember seeing a few years ago in a California Biennial) and Wall of Death, 2001. Wall of Death was probably my favorite work in the whole exhibition. The video is a series of short loops of a motorcycle carnival act. The performer rides the motorcycle around and up the wall of a circular room. Brambilla edited together the loops of different shots to create one scene. It’s just great! The form and content of the video work beautifully together. I’ll see if I can find it online.

-JO

Marco Brambilla: The Dark Lining
 | May 21-August 20, 2011 
Santa Monica Museum of Art
“The Dark Lining, Marco Brambilla’s first solo museum exhibition, features seven major time-based works from 1999 to the present. Brambilla’s oeuvre consists of complex video installations. Much of his work comprises found film footage edited, layered, and spliced to create compelling new narratives and stunning visual mosaics. With exquisite technical production and seamless editing, Brambilla’s multi-layered tableaux of interconnecting images and looped video blend into an expansive landscape that forms his hallmark style.”
Looking forward to seeing this.
—JO