Steve McQueenDrumroll 1998

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Artist
Steve McQueen (born 1969)
Title
Drumroll
Date 1998
MediumVideo
Dimensions22mins., 8sec.
Collection
Lent by Pamela and Richard Kramlich and the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, fractional and promised gift, 2000
On long term loan
Reference
L02307
Not on display

Summary

Drumroll (22 minutes, 1 second) was McQueen's first multiple image work, and the first work in which he used sound. It consists of a triptych of projected, colour video images. McQueen generated the images by rolling a metal oil drum through the streets of midtown Manhattan, with cameras mounted on the side and two ends. When installed in a gallery-space, the central image is round while the two either side of it are predominantly rectangular, with the corners occasionally eclipsed.

The optical dimension of the film is made up of rotating images of store-fronts and cars, flashes of blue sky and McQueen's bright pink coat. The soundtrack consists of the ambient din of traffic, the relentless clatter of the oil-drum over the uneven pavement, and the artist's warnings and apologies to passers by for the obstruction he is causing as he makes the work… (read more)

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