Marclay turns to sound

Published on Time Out Switzerland on 23 September 2015: Link

Christian Marclay, Actions: Plish Plip Plap Plop (No. 3), 2013, Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Photo: Will Lytch

Christian Marclay, Actions: Plish Plip Plap Plop (No. 3), 2013, Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Photo: Will Lytch

Remember Christian Marclay’s The Clock, a cinematic tour de force of 24 hours that unfolds on the screen with thousands of film excerpts that are showing the real time? The film has been purchased by major museums throughout the world and has established the performer-provocateur as a central creative force, capable of sending us into unchartered artistic territories.

This time, the Swiss artist, who lives in London and New York, shifts our attention to sound, or rather to the silence of sound, when onomatopoeia allows us to hear what our eyes are telling us. Think of SQUISH or CRASH!

The Aarau solo exhibition, entitled Action, features the immersive, space-activating video animation Surround Sounds (2014 – 15), early and lesser-known works as well as a large number of new paintings and works on paper. Marclay has a rare ability to make art playful.

Christian Marclay, Aaaaahhh, 2006, Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

Christian Marclay, Aaaaahhh, 2006, Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

Until 15 November at Aargauer Kunsthaus, one of the leading art museums in Switzerland with an adventurous art programme.

Christian Marclay, Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

Christian Marclay, Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

Michèle Laird, née Haffner, trained as a journalist, became an international arts administrator (visual arts and theatre), successively in Paris, New York and London before moving to Switzerland, where she now covers the art beat and presides several associations.

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