Steve McQueen: Ashes

London 14 October – 15 November 2014, Thomas Dane Gallery

By Dan Udy

Ashes, 2014. © the artist. Courtesy Thomas Dane Gallery, London, and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, London & Paris

A large screen hangs in the middle of a darkened room, on it projected some shaky Super 8 footage that punctures the blackness with the glare of the Caribbean sun. A young man, slim and athletic, stands on the end of a boat, posing for the camera and drawing us in with a flirtatious smile. As green islands bob up and down behind him, he sits down on the edge and occasionally glances back. At one point he falls into…

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