Afterimages are the ghostly pictures that float in front of a person’s eyes after they’ve stopped looking at the actual thing. The artworks in Sarah Sze’s exhibition of the same name are made up of not just one lingering image, but hundreds of them.
On the top floor of the gallery is the installation ‘Images in Debris’, a towering pile of moving pictures and the everyday detritus of a workspace: pot plants, plastic drinks bottles and balled up tinfoil that looks like it used to enclose a packed lunch sandwich.
The sculptural mass itself is almost too much to take in – should you look at the running cheetah? The bowl of water? The loo roll? – but the work doesn’t stop there. Filmic projections intermittently cover the surrounding walls, some of them deliberately disrupted by the shadows of gallerygoers walking around the installation.
Image: Sarah Sze, Images in Debris (detail), 2018
© Sarah Sze
Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London/Venice