The Clock - a video that tells time by splicing together thousands of movie scenes depicting clocks, watches and other timepieces - will make its Midwestern debut on Jan. 27 at the Wexner Center for the Arts.
The Clock — a video that tells time by splicing together thousands of movie scenes depicting clocks, watches and other timepieces — will make its Midwestern debut on Jan. 27 at the Wexner Center for the Arts.
The piece is by Christian Marclay, a California-born artist who was raised in Switzerland and lives in London. The Clock made its debut two years ago at the White Cube gallery in London and has traveled to cities on four continents — including New York and Sydney, Australia.
Tracking time during a 24-hour period, The Clock is synced to local time where it is installed. So, when a scene shows noon, it is actually noon for those watching the video.
Its content includes iconic movie scenes as well as obscure film excerpts with “cameo appearances” by stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Nicole Kidman, Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck, Robert Redford and James Stewart, all watching or talking about time. Marclay culled the clips over three years.
Wexner Center Director Sherri Geldin calls The Clock “utterly mesmerizing.”
“It is both a celebration of movie history and a poignant reminder of time’s relentless pace,” she said. “Viewers are invariably seduced to watch the video far longer than they may have intended.”
An early iteration of The Clock was created for the Wexner Center in the spring of 1990, shortly after the center opened. It featured 25 hammering mechanisms that struck the center’s gridlike steel scaffolding on the building’s exterior, making noise in time with other clocks on the Ohio State University campus.
The 2010 Clock won the Golden Lion award at the 2011 Venice Biennale and has been widely praised by art and film critics.
The Wexner will show The Clock during regular gallery hours. On selected Saturday nights, the center will stay open during the work’s full 24-hour sweep.
At 5 p.m. Jan. 26, Marclay will appear in a conversation with artist Josiah McElheny, whose work will also be on view at the center. The Clock and “Josiah McElheny: Towards a Light Club” will continue through April 7.