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Girls, Tricky

© Steve McQueen. Still courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.

Girls, Tricky

Artist: Steve McQueen (Born in London, England, 1969)
Date: 2001
Medium: Video (color, sound), 14:47 minute loop
Dimensions:
14:47 minutes
State: 1
Edition: 4 + 1 AP
Classification: Video
Credit Line: Gift of William and Ruth True
Label Text:Acclaimed artist and film maker Steve McQueen uses powerful visual imagery to explore themes of race, politics, and human relationships. This early work demonstrates McQueen’s improvisational and reductive approach to video making, using a hand-held camera, restricted lighting, and limited editing. It captures a close-up rehearsal by the experimental “trip-hop” musician and producer Tricky (Adrian Thaws) as he practices a song in his dimly lit studio. Recorded over four days in this small space, the video presents an intimate portrayal of a raw creative act. McQueen noted, “It’s a rare moment that you see an artist close up gearing himself up for a vocal performance in such a visual way. In effect, a moment not for camera is caught." In this way, Girls, Tricky acts as a psychological portrait of the musician, and provides an insider’s perspective on a generally private exploration of expression and artistic creation.


Provenance: Purchased by donors from the Marian Goodman Gallery, New York (2002). Marian Goodman Gallery acquired the work directly from the artist.
Object number: 2014.27.1
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