chris­tian mar­clay

Mul­ti­me­dia vi­sion­ary

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Chris­tian Mar­clay is that un­likely beast, an in­flu­en­tial vis­ual artist who is also taken se­ri­ously in the world of ex­per­i­men­tal mu­sic. The Swiss-amer­i­can es­tab­lished him­self on the New York scene in the mid-1980s, when he lit­er­ally mashed up vinyl discs then played them in all their dis­torted glory on his self-made ‘phono­gu­i­tar’, a record player slung around his neck. As Guest Ed­i­tor, Mar­clay reimag­ined his Manga Scroll to dra­matic ef­fect. He has since ex­panded his work, with a 2015 show at White Cube Ber­mond­sey, and the 2016 Six New An­i­ma­tions, based on pho­to­graphs of de­tri­tus taken on his daily walks around Lon­don, where he now lives. A ma­gi­cian of sonic and vis­ual col­lage, Mar­clay’s sense of hu­mour makes his best work both chal­leng­ing and – a rare thing in con­tem­po­rary art – rib-tick­ingly funny.

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