Marco Brambilla’s latest video installation, Nude Descending a Staircase No.3 was launched during Frieze New York and is now on display publically.
Marco Brambilla, Nude Descending a Staircase No.3, 2019, Oculus World Trade Center
Art Production Fund are presenting the video work on Oculus World Trade Center’s 21 screens, with one measuring 4 stories tall and another 280 feet long.
Nude Descending a Staircase No.3 moves the iconic Duchamp painting (Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2) into the dimension of time. The illusion of movement in the painting is explored as the figures which inhabit the digital canvas of No.3 constantly reconfigure themselves to cascade down an unseen stairway. The figures, shapes and colour palette are pure cubism, now expanded into three dimensions using state-of-the-art computer technology. “Nude Descending a Staircase No.2” is a rare case where an artist drew from “new” technology (Eadweard Muybridge’s photographic time-studies) as an inspiration for a painting. By taking the original Duchamp painting back into the technological realm and adding the dimension of time, Brambilla aims to complete the circle and pay homage to the deconstructed image using a wholly contemporary visual language.
“Through the abstraction of the human form, a cascading series of waves is created by the pattern of repeated motion, shape and color which will seem to replicate the visitors’ movement through as they walk past the screens,”
“It is an honor to present Marco Brambilla’s latest video work, which uses technology to reimagine and animate such a historically significant artwork. Brambilla’s interpretation of the iconic painting affords the public the opportunity to experience and contemplate Nude Descending A Staircase like never before,”
said Casey Fremont, Executive Director of Art Production Fund.