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February 6, 2011

"The Clock" — Christian Marclay

Wrote Roberta Smith in a rave February 4, 2011 New York Times review: "A labor of some two years, 'The Clock' was hailed as a masterpiece when it made its debut at the White Cube gallery in London. Now it is ensconced in a theaterlike installation at the Paula Cooper Gallery in Chelsea [New York City], where it should not be missed."

More excerpts from the review:

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Christian Marclay, the wizardly visual artist, composer and appropriator has done it again, and then some. "The Clock," his latest excursion into extreme editing and radical sampling, is a 24-hour timepiece that ticks off the minutes — and sometimes the seconds — of a full day, using thousands of brilliantly spliced-together film clips from all kinds of movies. All of them feature clocks or watches or people announcing the time, or more obliquely conjure up the passage of time.

Thus "The Clock" is also a 24-hour valentine to the movies. It samples film from around the world and throughout the last century, from silent movies to the present. It is like a history of film for our ADD times, or the greatest movie trailer ever made, as well as the ultimate work of appropriation art, a genre that owes so much to the movies. 

Central to the power of "The Clock" is its strict adherence to real time and its manic compression of movie time. When a clock on the screen reads 11:15 in the morning, it does so at exactly 11:15 in the morning Eastern Standard Time. The same for 11:15 in the evening, as can be experienced on weekends, when the gallery stays open and runs the piece continuously from 10 a.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday. Otherwise it tells time during regular gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

But while "The Clock" is accurately parsing real time, movie time goes nuts, rushing past in an exhilarating, surprisingly addictive flood. A door opened in one movie leads into another movie. Questions asked in one will be answered in the next or the next after that.

It is hard to say why this panoply of timepieces and plot twists is so gripping, but it is. After watching "The Clock" from around 7:30 p.m. last Friday to past midnight, I dragged myself away, despite the desire to stay and see exactly how the time would be told, how different hours would be rung in.

The hours usually arrive with crescendos of sound and image. High noon brings a bit of "High Noon." At 4 in the afternoon, Robert Redford, as the sensitive baseball player in “The Natural,” shatters the face of the scoreboard clock with a home-run hit. Starting at 5 o'clock, multiple images of quitting time unfold. (Time clocks here.) At 8 in the evening a succession of orchestras start playing; theater curtains rise, or don’t. At midnight, Big Ben — of which we’ve already seen plenty — explodes, and Orson Welles is skewered on the sword of a life-size knight on a giant cuckoo clock in "The Stranger." Amid all this, Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in "Gone With the Wind" rushes to comfort his small daughter, wakened by a nightmare — signaling the advent of dream time.

Watching "The Clock," I found myself wondering if Mr. Marclay has a computer for a brain. (He had six assistants culling movies for time-related sequences but apparently did all the editing himself.) The sense of his mind at work, piecing everything together — thinking endlessly of time and timing, of sight and sound — is one of the work’s constants. But so is a kind of anonymity: a diffuse, inclusive love of movies, the joy of movies, which he spreads before us in an immense, ceaselessly moving, pell-mell, two-timing feast.

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"The Clock" by Christian Marclay is on view through Feb. 19 at the Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 West 21st Street, Chelsea; (212) 255-1105; paulacoopergallery.com. 

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Mirror Wiper

Wiper-mirror

Integrated mirror measures 49 x 48.5 x 2.7cm.

Mounting hardware included.

$199.95.

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What's in your fragrance?

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House of MiN New York's glossary deconstructs fragrance labels.

Free, the way we like it (the deconstruction — not the fragrances).

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Human タコ*

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"Each 7"-long, suction cup-adorned appendage is soft and rubbery."

Set of five: $9.95.

[via Laughing Squid — how apt]

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Gladys Horton, co-founder of the Marvelettes, is dead at 66

Wrote Susan Whitall in the Detroit News, "Horton, the winsome teenage voice on the 1961 No. 1 pop hit "Please, Mr. Postman," died last Wednesday in Los Angeles of complications relating to a stroke."

And all this time you've been thinking it was originally done by the Beatles when in fact they only covered it in 1963.

Regardless, it's one of my Beatles top 10.

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Batmobile*

*Replica

From the website:

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A fully-loaded replica based on the iconic 1966 mean machine driven by Adam West in the classic TV series, powered by a brand-new GM350 crate engine.

Prepare to soil your satin pants (worn over your tights, natch) in excitement because this triumph of engineering is fully loaded, and includes:

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• Working rocket exhaust flamethrower

• Glowing Detect-a-Scope radar screen

• Opening rolltop dashboard doors

• Automatic Batbeam antenna grid

• Flashing red beacon

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Will it pass your state inspection?

Not my problem.

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$193,200 (free delivery).

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Judgepedia

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Interesting on so many levels.

If you're a criminal, lawyer, judge, plaintiff, defendant, citizen — or have been or think you might be one (or more) of the above someday — then this site is for you.

Free, the way we like it.

Fair warning: there goes the day (or the rest of your life if you happen to be in the wrong venue).

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Pancake Pen

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Can your pen make pancakes?

It can?

Where have you been all this time?

From the website:

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  • 3-cup batter dispenser makes it easy to create fun pancake shapes
  • Sturdy plastic construction; flexible, contoured design offers a comfortable grip
  • Silicone nozzle resists heat up to 600 degrees F; removable top and bottom for quick refilling
  • Measurement markings and clear-view sides; dishwasher-safe
  • Measures 2-3/4 by 2-3/4 by 11-1/4 inches

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Does Caroline know about this?

She will.

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$7.95.

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