"Marco Brambilla: the dark lining".
SANTA MONICA MUSEUM OF ART * May 21-August 20 * Curated by Lisa
Melandri * Having graduated from commercial filmmaking (he directed the
1993 sci-fi actioner Demolition Man) to video installation and
photography, Marco Brambilla will make his solo museum debut with an
array of eight works produced since 1999. Visitors may have to forgo
popcorn, but they will see the Los Angeles-based artist capitalize on
his considerable technical know-how by weaving appropriated film and TV
footage into some formally showy but critically astute tableaux, two of
which will be projected in 3-D HD. These works address such modest
topics as heaven and hell (Civilization [Megaplex], 2008/2011) and the
history of humankind (Evolution [Megaplex], 2010). A rangy exhibition
design will alternate isolated projects with open areas showcasing
multiple videos, and a catalogue will feature Lisa Melandri's
interview with the artist.