|Marian Goodman Gallery in Paris announces an exhibition by Steve Mc Queen. His latest film installation and several new works produced especially for his fifth exhibition at the gallery will be displayed.
Steve Mc Queen’s latest project is characterized by a wall installation formed of several dozen dark blue neon lights, each one is a unique handwritten version of the phrase, Remember Me. Ashes is an intense work composed of two films that are projected simultaneously on either side of a screen.
The first is a portrait of Ashes, a young man from Grenada, from where the artist’s family also originated, seated at the prow of a boat sailing the Caribbean Sea. The footage was captured when producing another work, Caribs’ Leap (2002). Shot live on Super 8 film by the renowned cinematographer Robby Müller, the images illustrate the documentary aspect of Mc Queen’s work.
|The writer Jean Fisher noted that the artist’s use of the hand-held camera has to be seen as integral part of the performance, it could be understood as the transgression of boundaries between the imaginary and the real, between filmic space and viewer’s space, an interruption of narrative continuity. Ashes’apparent freedom is in contrast with the content of the second film, shot eight years later in a Grenada cemetery, that shows something which is very different from the idyllic postcard pictures of the Caribbean island.