softpyramid: Steve McQueenAshes, 2014-15video installation from…

written by Niche.LA Video Art July 19, 2015




softpyramid:

Steve McQueen
Ashes, 2014-15
video installation from Super 8 film 
on view at the 56th Venice Biennale
installation view at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo

“The only doctrine I have as an artist is to not allow the dust of the past to settle.” -Steve McQueen

The film has its roots in a trip that McQueen made to the Caribbean in 2001, while shooting another piece. McQueen was struck by the appearance of a young man who went by the name Ashes. The resulting clips simply capture the young man’s slender figure as it rises and falls in his small fishing boat, with only the stark blues of the West Indian sea and sky as a backdrop.

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