Archive for August 21, 2013

Artist of the moment….Christian Marclay

Christian Marclay is a truly talented artist born in San Rafael, California in the year 1955. I hope you take the time to watch at some of the clips in this entry as Marclay is a photographer, painter, collage artist specializing in using cut up records  and skilled in the audio and visual arts as well. His most famous works are assemblages of film and audio segments. His mother was American and father Swiss so he spent most of childhood educated in Switzerland.

In some collages you see in the gallery they are made from used and cut up record albums.

For his artistic studies Marclay attended at the Ecole Supiere d’Art Visuel in Geneva, Switzerland. He then went onto the Massachusetts College of Art located in Boston, and Cooper Union College of New York City.

For his audio art although his actions took place at the same time, supposedly his work was not influenced by the rap and hip hop movement of the 1970s and 1980s. He looks like an old school DJ here as he mixes some tunes for us to enjoy. He liked to look at these as sound collages. Back when he started a band and were short a percussion player he started to use records as a substitute.

A fan of the Fluxus movement. This movement took place in the 1960s and 1970s and artists looked to combine different media in their output. Marclay uses this idea in his filmwork and his audio work. He has stated before as an audio artist he enjoys collecting used records and sometimes splits them in half and reassembles the record so it plays with the skip and all.

In this movie we see hollywood greats from Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwick, and Tom Selleck  all wait with impatience and nervousness wait for or place a phone call. A great insight into phone use in movies from the 1920s to present day. The film was made in 1995.

His most famous video collage is titled Clocks. In 2011 at the Venice Biennale he won the award for best artist for this work. This work consists of clips and segments from movies that have to do with clocks. The film lasts 24 hours and played to stand out audiences. The film was made to last 24 hours but this is just a short clip.

Works out of New York City and London, England.

I hope you take some time to explore more installation artists. The internet does a much better job at explaining their work than even the best art critic or a magazine article.

price range information: Sorry none available.

If you enjoy this artist I sure you would like the Italian artist Mimmo Rotella. An example of his style is below a subject he featured often, Marilyn Monroe.



Artist of the moment……Jean Dunand

Jean Dunand was a fantastic artist and interior designer born in Lancy, Switzerland in the year 1877. He was renown for his use of lacquer and is considered by many to be the best lacquer artist in history. Began studying art in school at the Geneva School for the Arts.

Dunand was inspired to learn the art of working with lacquer from a Japanese artist who grew up in an area renown for its lacquer output, this is the northern part of Japan. Dunand was based out of Paris, France. He took 13 lessons from the master and kept great notes that are available in book form.

Worked with the artist Jean Lambert Rucki on some collaborations including some very stylish Oriental folding screens similar. Here are some examples of this work.

In 2003 a watch company was formed in Switzerland that works with his designs.  Here is a link to this site:

In this clip we view a serpent vase made by Jean Dunand.

Dunand passed away in 1942 at the age of 65 years of age.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $650,000.


Artist of the moment…..Victoria Mamnguqsualuk

Victoria Mamnguqsualuk is an Inuit artist born in the Gerry Lake area of Canada in the year 1930.  The artist is renown for her work which tells the life of the Inuit peoples. A prolific graphic artist Mamnguqsualuk works in coloured pencil and also works applique on fabric making some extraordinary blanket designs. In many of works she draws groups of people with each having a unique expression and perspective.

Her mother was the well known artist Jessie Oonark. An experienced graphic artist that also enjoyed working with multiple human figures in one image. Below an example of Oonark’s style.


Due to the harsh living conditions and disease in the smaller camps her family relocated to the Baker Lake, Nunavut Territory, Canada.

price range information: Most works priced between $500 to $4,000.

Victoria Mamnguqsualuk of the Baker Lake Art co-op alongside her mother, Jessie Oonark.

The artist enjoys portraying myths and experiences that shaman might bring.