Christian Marclay: Cyanotypes (published by JRP/Ringier Verlag, 2011). Courtesy Christian Marclay and JRP/Ringier

Blue Tape

May 2012

Christian Marclay’s old masters
The work of Christian Marclay is mainly inspired by detritus. Whether realised visually or aurally, or both, at its origins are elements he has recovered from abandonment, reviewed, repurposed, and made his own. He certainly has a knack for the rerouting of old objects and technologies, bringing them into the present day as something all new, if not necessarily shiny; and in so doing, instantly bridging the time gap.