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.
Marco 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).