Marco Brambilla, HalfLife (Surveillance Channel), 2002, three-channel DVD projection, 9 minutes 41 seconds. Installation view.

Los Angeles

“Marco Brambilla: The Dark Lining”

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Bergamot Station G1 2525 Michigan Avenue
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.