- John-Paul Stonard
(b London, Oct 9, 1969).
English film maker and video artist. McQueen became interested in film while a student at Goldsmiths’ College, London. On graduating in 1993 he spent a year studying film at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York, but was disenchanted by the lack of experimentation that it promoted. From his first major film, Bear (1993; see 1999 ICA exh. cat., p. 13), exhibited at the Royal College of Art in 1994, McQueen achieved swift success on an international stage with a body of formally very distinctive work. His black-and-white silent films, in which he often appears, are characterized by their visual economy and by the highly controlled environment in which they are projected. This minimalist and anti-narrative approach has been seen as an alienation technique, underlining McQueen’s exploration of formal film language as well as popular cinematic convention. He cites, among others, the influence of the French New Wave, as well as the films of Andy Warhol and the contemporary American film maker Sadie Benning. In ...