ONE FOR THE AGES
by Jerry Saltz
A spectacularly simple idea makes for a spectacular 24-hour film, a work as strong and strange as Warhol
, and something one of our local museums ought to buy and place on permanent mesmerizing view as soon as possible. In The Clock
, the ever-resourceful sampling master and pioneer turntablist Christian Marclay
mixes thousands of snippets from films depicting the passage of time -- every minute of the day. Clocks and watches, digital and analog, people speaking the hour, are all combined and presented in real time so that when you see a clock reading, say, 2:22 am from an Alfred Hitchcock film, that’s the actual hour in the real world. But this is much more than about a montage of films-clips depicting time -- although as a Swiss artist I cannot think of another work since the Swiss duo’s Fischl-Weiss
’ tremendous The Way Things Go
that so captures the Swiss penchant for the unspooling of and the keeping track of time.