Christian Marclay’s exhibition at the White Cube in Bermondsey London celebrates pop art and the era of vinyl records, with a 21st century twist that also includes video, music, noise and film. The exhibition starts in the main corridor where noisy videos show empty glasses, bottles and cans found abandoned on streets in the East End of London which are struck, smashed, rolled and crushed, the noises keeping visitors on their toes as they echo through the other rooms. Off the main corridor, one gallery starts with traditional art hanging on the walls, albeit with a pop theme, and ends with the stage for a musical performance in a room filled with a huge sequence of beer glasses, each of which would have a different musical tone; another has video images running round all the walls with words such ‘Whooosh!’ and ‘Zoooom!’ bursting through the geometric video images. In another room, the Vinyl Factory is using a hydraulic vinyl pressing machine with adjacent screen printing equipment operated by the London printmakers Coriander Studio so that visitors can experience the process of producing vinyl records from the initial recording of the concerts to cutting and pressing the records and printing the sleeves with the records created being sold in the gallery shop and on the Vinyl Factory website.
At weekend, the London Sinfonietta and Marclay work together on musical performances with composers and improvisers that becomes an integral part of the exhibition.
A multi-media art exhibition which links back to the world of pop art and vinyl records.