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Christian Marclay is a New York based visual artist and composer whose innovative work explores the juxtaposition between sound recording, photography, video and film. As a performer and sound artist Christian Marclay has been experimenting, composing and performing with phonograph records and turntables since 1979 to create his unique “theater of found sound.” A dadaist DJ and filmmaker, his installations and video/film collages display provocative musical and visual landscapes. He was born in California, raised in Switzerland and now works between New York and London. He has an extensive exhibition and performance record including solo exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; the Venice Biennial; the Kunsthaus, Zurich; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. He is represented by the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York and White Cube in London.
Since the late 1990s, Marclay has created “graphic” scores, nontraditional forms of notation, for improvisational interpretation by musicians and vocal performers. In 2010, Christian Marclay collaborated with USF Graphicstudio to produce Manga Scroll, a sixty-foot hand scroll, composed of collaged onomatopoeias sourced from Manga comics (originally published in Japan and translated for the US market). The hand scroll, invented in the eleventh century for illustrative narratives, is considered the antecedent to the contemporary Japanese graphic novel. Marclay’s collages for Manga Scroll, composed both visually and sonically, are intended for vocal interpretation. Manga Scroll has been exhibited internationally at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, White Cube, London, and Gallery Koyangi, Tokyo, and at USF in Tampa in 2012. with performances by Shelley Hirsch, Joan La Barbara, David Moss, Phil Minton, Elaine Mitchener, and Makigami Koichi.
In this work by Christian Marclay, Sound Holes, are not openings in the bodies of stringed instruments but instead industrially designed wall speakers installed in elevators, apartment buildings and the like. The artist explores the devices’ visual and functional properties in 21 beautifully toned photogravures, derived from photographs of sound holes found in Europe and the United States. The sound holes display a wide range of varying designs and patterns, and their basic configuration echoes the visual representation of actual sound waves. Their blank metallic and stone surfaces serve as barriers, dividing in a hierarchical way the speaker from the listener, and also serve as openings, providing avenues for communication.
Christian Marclay has made repeated visits to Graphicstudio researching and exploring several new projects including a series of unique cyanotypes. Utilizing the photogram technique (often with multiple exposures) he “draws” with cassettes and unfurled tape, exploring a range of compositional strategies in the intense blue of the cyanotype that are partly inspired by well known abstract painters. These unique prints have been realized in various dimensions: singles (22” x 30”), diptychs (44” x 30”), and very large scale images ( 99” x 51”).
See more work by Christian Marclay in the Mash Up exhibition walkthrough.
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