Christian Marclay (b. 1955, San Rafael, CA) is a visual artist and composer known for his pieces that juxtapose and blend together sound recording, photography, video and film. Marclay studied at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art Visuel in Geneva (1975–1977), the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston (1977–1980, Bachelor of Fine Arts), and the Cooper Union in New York (1978).
Marclay began experimenting with manipulated turntables in the late 1970s, altering and combining records to create unique and unpredictable sounds. He utilizes musical instruments to create visual puns, blending together the experience of the eye and the ear to create layered meanings that dismantle the boundary between the two senses. Marclay also uses elements of sound and onomatopoeia borrowed from everyday experiences, creating works that are playful, witty, and universal.
Marclay has held solo exhibitions at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), the Tate Modern (London), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He splits his time between London and New York.
The artist’s work is featured in RxArt Coloring Book Between the Lines, Vol. 4.