Christian Marclay, Floor Piece
Somerset House Studios resident

Christian Marclay

Artist crossing the borders between genres and practices, combining and remixing aspects of visual art, music and performance.

Somerset House Studios
New Wing

Marclay’s innovative work explores the juxtaposition between sound, photography, video, sculpture and other media. His installations display provocative musical and visual landscapes and have been included in exhibitions around the world including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Tate Modern London, Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou Paris and Kunsthaus Zurich.

portrait of Christian Marclay, © Dr. J Caldwell
Christian Marclay, © Dr. J Caldwell

Over the last decade, Marclay has created ambitious work in a variety of media. The video Guitar Drag (2000) features a Fender Stratocaster being dragged behind a pick-up truck along rough country roads in Texas. Video Quartet (2002), a large, four-screen projection featuring hundreds of clips from old Hollywood films, represents a high point of his vision, an elaborate audio-visual collage that evokes pop culture, appropriation art and sampling.  More recently he created The Clock (2010) from thousands of edited fragments, from a vast range of films to create a 24-hour, single-channel video.

"Over thirty years, he has developed a practice that is part improvisation, and part adaptation; a paean to popular culture that venerates even as it sabotages. His flair for spotting coincidence and cliché, weaving them into a brand new piece with its own cadence, cannot but leave one dumbfounded."

Lucy Davies, The Telegraph

As a resident of the studios, Christian will be exploring how he might collaborate with the maker community in his practice, and mentoring emerging artists within the Studios artist development programmes.