Christian Marclay "Fourth of July"

Paula Cooper Gallery "521 W 21 St."

poster for Christian Marclay "Fourth of July"

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The works from Fourth of July are torn fragments of photographs Marclay took of an Independence Day parade in Hyde Park, NY on July 4, 2005. Marclay produced large prints of seven of the many photographs, showing marching band members in uniform performing on gleaming, star-spangled instruments, and proceeded to tear them up into more than 40 pieces. These jagged fragments of a dispersed whole arrest and refocus our gaze, like silence suddenly and unexpectedly interrupting a cacophony of sound. Details that might easily be overlooked suddenly emerge: a foot suspended in mid-air and casting a shadow on the hot asphalt, cymbals about to crash, half-trumpets severed from their players, spectators placidly overheating on the sidewalk. At the same time, the torn images are anti-icons, questioning the durability of our myths and celebrating the creative power of destruction and disfiguration.



from June 24, 2010 to July 30, 2010

Opening Reception on 2010-06-24 from 18:00 to 20:00

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