New York

Christian Marclay

Tom Cugliani Gallery

Christian Marclay structures his works around sly conceptual conceits, the only common denominator being that they all have something to do with sound. He uses various found objects and materials, most often records: an earlier sculpture installation at the Clocktower featured 850 records arrayed in a grid across the floor. Among the works in this show is 5 Cubes, 1989, in which Marclay forms melted and mashed record albums into cubes, recalling the transformation of car parts by John Chamberlain. A number of collages (all untitled 1988 and ’89) are made from old record covers, each based on clever, unlikely pairings of images and texts. In one, a double image of the word “multiplication” is placed above a Josef Albers design of an abacus; in another a black cross reminiscent of Malevich blots out the figure of a jazz musician—black artist as anonymous Christ-martyr? A third is an all-white

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