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Andrews, Stephen
Red Shadows Ombres rouges
2005 2005

“Red Shadows” is part of a series of photo-based drawings taken from virtual media entitled, “POV” (an acronym for point of view). This series was inspired by Andrews’ interest in media manipulation. Horrified and facinated by the news coverage on the war in Iraq he began searching the internet via free associated word play and the Google search engine. He found that web-based news coverage portrayed the obsenity of war in all it’s pornographic detail, varying significantly from the censored main stream press. He has intentionally obscured the image which evokes four figures, presumably soldiers, in a landscape. His hand-drawn version of the action makes specifics difficult to decipher; the inability to fully distinguish what is happening mirrors the political milieu on which he comments. The image is built up with crayon, using a frottage technique over a window screen to create a dot-matrix-like patterning. As a result, the colours are pastel in hue and mimick the traditional four-part colour separation process of printing (CMYK). The relationship to the original is at best tenuous and creates a facinating dialogue between truth and illusion. He questions the storm of images that we negotiate daily by directing the viewers gaze to the dots emphasizing the technological interface that delivers the message. The picture’s frame furthers this association, seeming to mimic the media monitor from which the images originated.

 
Andrews, Stephen
Sarnia ON 1956 Sarnia ON 1956
Red Shadows Ombres rouges
2005 2005
Crayon rubbing on mylar mounted on prepared wood panel Crayon frotté sur mylar monté sur panneau de bois préparé
overall: 19.7 cm x 25.4 cm
Gift of Herbert O. Bunt, 2007 Don de Herbert O. Bunt, 2007
50-017.14

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