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 layers of figures collaged onto a panoramic digital canvas constantly reconfigure themselves to cascade down an unseen stairway.
The figures, shapes and color palette are pure cubism, now expanded into three dimensions using state-of-the-art machine- learning technology. The original 1912 “Nude Descending a Staircase No.2” is a rare case where an artist originally drew from a “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 completes the circle and pays homage to the deconstructed image using a wholly contemporary visual language.
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