Stephen Andrews

Medium Shot, 1998

Stephen Andrews (Canadian, born 1956), Medium Shot, 1998, digital print on canvas, 53 x 43 in. Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School, 1999.4.

"This new body of work, hoi polloi, moves my pictorial investigations from the self to the social, from the body to the body politic. Hoi polloi (Greek for the masses) pictures crowds watching, being watched, demonstrating and waiting. Here, figure/ground relationships are askew; the viewer has become the subject of the pictures, and the expectant crowd eagerly awaits his or her next move. It is this anticipation that reflects the current 'fin de siecle' uneasiness summed up in the sentiment, 'What next?'" —Stephen Andrews