Silkscreen on gut
Courtesy of the artist
|Stephen Andrews lives in Toronto, Ontario. His work deals with memory, identity, the body and the body politic. He has exhibited his work in Canada, the US, Brazil, Scotland, France, India and Japan. He is represented in the collection of The National Gallery of Canada, as well as many other public and private collections. His most recent solo exhibitions have been in 2005 at Paul Petro Gallery (Toronto) and Platform Gallery (Seattle), and in 2004 in New York City at the Cue Art Foundation and at Participant, Inc.|
|What the future holds has captured our imaginations for centuries. Ancient Greeks read entrails to divine the future. The weather channel tells us what to expect of the coming days. I have combined these two approaches to prediction in the body of work entitled "The Weather."
Before 1996 for those of us with AIDS the future was certain. We were toast. With the advent of ARV's and protease inhibitors suddenly there was no predicting. The accompanying malaise was captured in the question, Now what? All the jumping up and down for a decade had achieved its goals but not without its toll. Activism moved into the horse latitudes.
Addressing that particular moment I produced a series of silkscreen prints on pig intestine. Here the figure/ ground relationships are switched. The body as figured by the gut became a landscape over which images of weather patterns stood for the shifting of our emotions. I had no prescription for where one might be headed but maybe if I could describe where we were at that moment we could move forward from there.
--- Stephen Andrews, 2006