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And Speaking of SMMoA…

When the Santa Monica Museum of Art was at Bergamot Station Art Center, years before its recent reincarnation as the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, I saw a Marco Brambillo video show there, The Dark Lining, that blew my mind.

m-brambilla-evolutionMarco Brambillo, still from EVOLUTION (MEGAPLEX), Courtesy of ICALA

The videos felt like Hieronymus Bosch paintings on digital steroids, depicting landscapes teeming with herky-jerky mash-ups of iconic film clips and pop cultural imagery swirling around an apocalyptic black hole or parading to and fro in a menacing march.

The projections were monumental, and as you stood in the darkened backroom your were flanked by two such videos with surround-sound of Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Op. 64 on 11. And did I mention it was in 3-D?

I think I went back and saw that show about five times, as well as played shameless barker for anyone within shouting distance. Now I can relay the glory to you via Verbal MAP.

Here’s a link to a clip from one of the videos at the SMMoA show (on his website).

Here’s a little something-something of what he’s been up to lately.

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