Christian Marclay

"Ensemble," a group exhibition of works that make sound, guest curated by artist and musician Christian Marclay. Marclay is a leading figure in the worlds of performance, visual art and experimental music.

Likening his approach to that of a composer, Marclay has chosen a variety of sculpture and installations based on their sound quality and compatibility to sonically inhabit the same large first floor gallery. Visitors are invited to interact with some of the works, others are triggered by motion detectors, or set on timers. The installation will create an ambient sound environment, intermittently producing a wide range of sounds, from the very quiet notes of a music box to the loud ringing of a bronze bell. They have been selected so that they can share the same resonant space and interact like the various instruments of a musical ensemble. It will include iconic works by artists such as Harry Bertoia, Yoko Ono, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, as well as new works by the current generation.
Whether it comes from sonic or video art, in the curatorial field, sound is often relegated to isolated exhibition spaces where it cannot interact, or presumably disturb, other pieces. Marclay proposes to work against that impulse by intentionally intermingling pieces to see what may result when they are put together for an entirely unprecedented curatorial purpose.
Christian Marclay (b.1955 in San Rafael, California, raised in Geneva, Switzerland, lives in New York) is an artist and musician who is as highly regarded for his work as a visual and performance artist, as he is for being a composer and deejay. He began performing music in the late 1970s, while still a student at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, at which he had enrolled after attending art school in Geneva, where he had grown up. Among his many important projects are: "Shake, Rattle and Roll: Christian Marclay," Franklin Art Works in collaboration with the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; "Christian Marclay: Video Quartet," Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany; and "Amplification" at the Church of San Stae for the Venice Biennale (this installation represented Switzerland). In 2003, his work was the subject of a major survey organized by Russell Ferguson at the UCLA Hammer Museum.

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