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.

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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.



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