Thur 10am – 5pm
Fri 10am – 7pm
Sat 10am – 5pm
Sun 12 – 5pm
- Marco Brambilla
SITElab 1 is Curated by Irene Hofmann, Phillips Director & Chief Curator at SITE Santa Fe and Janet Dees, Assistant Curator at SITE Santa Fe.
What is SITElab?
SITElab is an experimental exhibition series presented in a newly configured gallery space located off the lobby of SITE’s building. SITElab will showcase new directions in the work of established and emerging artists and feature new works out of artists’ studios, experimental, interdisciplinary, and community-based projects. This space will allow us to stage short-run exhibitions during the times we would normally have been completely closed for installation, increasing the amount of time that SITE is open to the public.
Special thanks to Courtney Finch Taylor and Scott Taylor for their generous support of our new SITElab space. Additional thanks to A. Thomas Torres AIA for serving as our design architect and Greg Alegretti for his work as our project architect. Together they have helped create a valuable new space for art at SITE.
The Wall Street Journal
SITElab 1: Marco Brambilla: Creation (Megaplex)
Creation (Megaplex) is 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 over 500 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 meadows and burning cityscapes against which this cycle of human endeavor unfolds. 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.”
About Marco Brambilla
Italian-born, New York-based artist Marco Brambilla (b. 1960) creates complex video works that recontextualize and collage found popular imagery. SITE is pleased to present Brambilla’s recently-completed Creation (2012), the third in the series entitled Megaplex, a tour-de-force trilogy of 3D video collages. Each piece in Brambilla’s stunning Megaplex series, including Civilization (2008), Evolution (2010), and Creation (Megaplex) (2012), is a spectacle of hundreds of clips from a vast archive of iconic films. In each video, Brambilla takes the viewer on a spiraling, mesmerizing journey of computer-altered found footage sampled from both mainstream and obscure films.