The White Cube gallery in Bermondsey, London, is well known for its groundbreaking exhibitions from contemporary artists. Following on from the success of its Tracey Emin exhibition some months ago, the White Cube is starting off 2015 in style with a celebration of the work of Christian Marclay.
Running from 28th January to 12th April, and thus following on from London Art Fair 2015 (21st – 25th January), this exhibition revolves around the concept of onomatopoeia. Taking onomatopoeic words from comic books, Marclay has created a vibrant and colourful set of artworks which, put together, constitute an invigorating exhibition. This show at the White Cube has been described as a musical composition involving no sound, as the viewer’s eye takes in comic book ‘sounds’ like ‘whoosh’ and ‘boom’, immersing themselves in the silently explosive world of Christian Marclay.
There will be some sound resonating in the White Cube during the exhibition however, as the London Sinfonietta and the Vinyl Factory will both be performing in a variety of concerts amid Marclay’s artworks. This is sure to be one of the most exciting collaborations between art and music to have come to this refreshing south London gallery space.
Marclay is no stranger to the use of music in his work. This Swiss-American artist is also a composer, and previous artworks of his have also had a musical theme, deploying vinyl and gramophone turntables to create stunning visual – as well as musical – effects.
The comic book theme of his exhibition at the White Cube continues a long-standing fascination on Marclay’s part with popular culture. One of his most famous exhibitions is The Clock, which featured a carefully constructed montage of time-related images from movies and other popular media. Viewers reported that The Clock had an addictive effect, and many returned again and again to gaze at this unique work.
There is no booking required to go and view the Marclay exhibition at the White Cube. However, the concerts that are going to be put on in conjunction with the exhibition will have a limited capacity and will operate on a first come, first served basis, so make sure you arrive early!