Stephen Andrews and G. B. Jones at Paul Petro (980 Queen West), to November 8. 416-979-7874. Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
Atephen Andrews mimics as well , but he takes media images and, using a four-colour process he developed, gives them the texture of old newspaper photos. A smart manipulator of images, Andrews uses crayons to achieve a layered and patterned look that's almost childlike in tone.
But the subjects he tackles are very adult. Tanks roll across the Iraqi desert; U.S. soldiers march naked Iraqis across a playground; a nude man grasps his own penis. It's violence as pornography and pornography as violence. It's vivid and compelling.
Viewing G. B. Jones 's work upstairs is like watching a car wreck in slow motion. In these drawings, you can hear the sound of fenders crumpling, the survivors sucking shock into their lungs with each gasping breath.
The luminescent paper creates an atmosphere, that thick wet air that traps light, making fog in the middle ground and nothingness in the distance. These are ominous northern road accidents, where another crash may lurk just up the road in the form of a speeding automobile.