Christian Marclay: Video Quartet
May 7 - July 26, 2009
Artist talk: Thursday, May 7, at 7 p.m. Space is limited. Reservations are suggested.
For this 2002 work, London- and New York-based artist Christian Marclay sampled more than 700 Hollywood films featuring images of hands on keyboards, horns and violins, as well as men and women singing, dancing and making other noises. The result is a virtuoso visual and sonic collage. 'Video Quartet' is a 14-minute, four-screen DVD projection that is on view in the Brenda La Grange Johnson and Heather Johnson Sargent Pavilion.
Marclay laboriously created "Video Quartet" over the course of more than a year on a home computer. At a fundamental level, "Video Quartet" serves to remind the viewer, in Marclay's own words, that, "What you see is what you hear." In "Video Quartet," sound and image are inextricably related: one is informed by and dependent upon the other. Marclay says, "The image is always part of the sound." This confluence between sound and image propels the narrative in "Video Quartet," establishes its moods and charts its emotional trajectory.
The work was recently on view in Montreal at DHC/ART as part of "Replay," the artist's video retrospective ( http://www.dhc-art.org/). "Video Quartet" was last on view in the United States at the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of "Full House: Views of the Whitney's Collection at 75," (June 28-December 3, 2006).
SOURCE: Adapted from Gonzalez, Jennifer; Kim Gordon and Matthew Higgs, "Christian Marclay," New York: Phaidon, 2005 (p. 88-89).
IMAGE: Christian Marclay, "Video Quartet," 2002. Four-channel DVD projection with sound, 14 minutes. Each screen is 8 x 10 feet; overall installation is 8 x 40 feet. Edition 1 of 5.
This exhibition is presented through the generosity of Bill and Ruth True, Western Bridge, Seattle, and Paula Cooper Gallery, N.Y.