The Power Plant

The Clock

Christian Marclay

Past Exhibition

Sep 14 – Nov 25 2012

The Clock (2010) is a unique and compelling work created by world-renowned sound and video artist Christian Marclay. The work is an ode to time and cinema, and is comprised of thousands of fragments from a vast range of films that create a 24-hour, looped, single-channel video. Marclay compiled thousands of film clips of wristwatches, clock towers, sundials, alarm clocks, and countdowns, each of which illustrate every minute in a 24-hour period.

Years in the making, The Clock examines how time, plot, and duration are depicted in cinema. Although the audience can use the piece to tell the local time, viewers can experience a vast range of cinematic settings and moods within the space of a few minutes, making time unravel in countless directions and rupturing any sense of linear, narrative sequence. The work is both an homage to film history and an affirmation of our present time.

Marclay’s fascination with the collage of sound and image dates back to the late 1970s. Marclay played music with bands in underground club scenes, often using homemade instruments such as a record turntable converted into a portable electric guitar-like device. His innovative artistic practice continues to combine aural and visual sources with a keen sensibility toward complex editing, sampling and looping techniques. Marclay’s experimental work with sound, video and film has been extremely influential on a younger generation of artists for whom the idea of digital sampling and mixing recordings is now a given.

The Clock has been viewed with critical acclaim at venues around the world since premiering at White Cube, London in 2010. It was jointly acquired by the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Christian Marclay lives and works between London and New York. Born in California in 1955, he studied at École Supérieure d’Art Visuel in Switzerland. In 1977 he moved back to the United States and graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He has extensive international exhibition and performance history with solo exhibitions including: The Clock, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2011); What You See is What You Hear, LEEUM Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2010); The Clock, White Cube Mason’s Yard, London (2010); Festival, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Christian Marclay with Irene Schweizer, Gare du Nord, Basel (2009); Christian Marclay: Replay, DHC Art Foundation, Montreal (2008); Cycloptically. Rolywholyover, Fifth Episode, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva (2008); Crossfire, White Cube Hoxton Square, London (2007); The Bell and the Glass, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2006); Christian Marclay, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris (2005); The Sounds of Christmas, Tate Modern, London (2004); Christian Marclay, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2003); The Centre for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, Annandale on Hudson (2003); The Seattle Art Museum (2004); Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland (2004); Collection Lambert, Avignon (2004) and the Barbican Art Gallery, London (2005). Marclay’s work has also been presented in numerous group exhibitions around the world.

Notes to Visitors

Admission is FREE. Visitors are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

• During this closing weekend, expect significant wait time of at least an hour, or longer during peak times.

• Visitors will be required to check their bags.

Inside the Installation

• Once inside the installation, visitors are invited to stay as long as they like. The installation has couches to accommodate 50 visitors at one time.

• Food and beverages, cameras and recording devices, cell phones, and other electronic devices are prohibited.

• There are brief periods of nudity and strong language during The Clock. This exhibition is recommended for visitors no younger than 7 years of age. Visitors with children should use their discretion.

• This exhibition is wheelchair accessible.

Purchased in 2011 with the generous support of Jay Smith and Laura Rapp, and Carol and Morton Rapp, Toronto. Jointly owned by the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Acheté en 2011 grâce à l’appui généreux de Jay Smith et Laura Rapp, et Carol et Morton Rapp, Toronto. Acquis conjointement par le Musée des beaux-arts du Canada et le Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
National Gallery of Canada

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Nancy McCain & Bill Morneau
Michelle Koerner & Kevin Doyle and Eleanor & Francis Shen

Support Donors

Dr. Kenneth Montague
Keith Thomson

Fall 2012 Program Guide

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Special 24-hour Viewing Periods

The Power Plant offers special 24-hour viewing periods of this compelling work throughout the run of the exhibition to enable viewers to see it in its entirety.

14 September, 5 PM - 16 September, 5 PM (Opening weekend) 29 September, 10 AM - 30 September, 5 PM (Scotiabank Nuit Blanche) 16 October, 10 AM - 21 October, 5 PM (Watch-A-Thon) 27 October, 10 AM - 28 October, 5 PM (Art Toronto) 22 November, 10 AM - MIDNIGHT 23 November, 10 AM - 25 November, MIDNIGHT (Closing weekend)

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