New York

Christian Marclay

Tom Cugliani Gallery

Nearly anyone can play “Name That Tune.” Some people need to hear a few notes more than others do, but essentially we can all recognize well-known pop music melodies with but a few notes pecked out on the piano or distilled in some cheesy Muzak rendition. Christian Marclay, a noted experimental musician of New York‘s downtown art-performance circles who has become considerably more active as a visual artist in the past couple of years, knows well how that particular dynamic between memory and the senses works. Marclay‘s music over the years, in both solo and collaborative efforts, has involved playing with turntables. The music is not “scratch” in the ordinary rap and d.j. sense. Marclay plays bits of records, often scratched or otherwise distorted, weaving the recognizable and unfamiliar musical threads in and out of each other; they abruptly appear and disappear in sequences ranging from

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