Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to present the world premiere of Creation (Megaplex) by Marco Brambilla, the completion of a trilogy of 3D video collages that began with Civilization (Megaplex) (2008) and Evolution (Megaplex) (2010). Creation (Megaplex) presents a spectacle of hundreds of clips from a vast archive of iconic Hollywood and international films. Set within the form of a giant DNA double-helix, Brambilla takes the viewer on a spiraling trajectory that begins with a big bang and continues through embryonic inception, idyllic Eden-like bliss and decadence, and culminates in annihilation—only to then interminably re-invent itself. Brambilla creates a hyper-realistic landscape of clouds, meadows and burning cityscapes against which this cycle of human endeavor unfolds.
Using ground-breaking 3D technology, Creation (Megaplex) is the most technologically complex work in the triptych. According to Christopher Eamon, “Brambilla’s working method is unique. Not content to merely montage clips together one after the other as in the now-familiar ‘collage film’ genre where appropriated films are sequenced to create something new, Brambilla’s approach crops and isolates figures and bits of action…collaging them together across space—as in a painting—as well as in time, as the piece unfolds temporally.”
Brambilla lives and works in New York and has received awards from the Tiffany Comfort Foundation and the Colbert Foundation for his work in film and video. Brambilla has been honored with solo exhibitions including a 10-year survey, The Dark Lining, at Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA (2011); Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA (2004); and New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2003). His works have been screened at the Venice Biennale (2011) and the Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT (2012 and 2006). Brambilla’s work is in the collections of such institutions as Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; and Corcoran Museum, Washington DC, among others.