...the first Arts Council in Ontario

Tobey C. Anderson
The New American Century Project

21 February - 31 March 2007
Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre

10 March 2007
RECEPTION - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Modern Fuel Gallery. ARTIST TALK - 8:00 p.m.

“... in Anderson’s renderings, we are several removes away from reality itself: there is the war; behind it are the government officials; behind them, the lobbyists and think tanks; in front are the TV cameras, the digital cameras, and even the unauthorized emailed telephone/camera photos belonging to the soldiers themselves, then the contexts of newspaper and television editorials; in the foreground is the American audience, the Canadian audience, the world audience—and finally the artist himself making sense out of this many-layered public domain.”

From “Tobey C. Anderson’s ‘New American Century’”
by R. D. MacDonald

The title for this body of work comes from the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), a Washington, D.C. think tank made up of key figures in the Bush Administration who authored a blueprint for U.S. pre-eminence in the world in 2000. Painted using appropriated Internet and Media images, the four parts of “Portraits of the New American Century” depict “K_IA” - American soldiers killed in action from the State of Iowa, “Foreign Terrorists” from an anonymous website, “Collateral Damage” - Iraq citizens, and “KIA_CA_Afghanistan” - an open series of Canadian soldiers killed in that war zone. Arranged in chessboard-like groupings, with over 100 portraits, the work incorporates florescent RGB colours that mimic TV and computer screens when exposed to black light.

Tobey C. Anderson lives in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada. Born in 1946 in Washington, D.C., he grew up in the U.S. Midwest, was drafted for combat duty in Vietnam, and deserted the U.S. Army after Advanced Infantry Training (AIT). In 1969 he immigrated to Kingston, Ontario and in 1975 became a Canadian citizen. Anderson is represented by cramart.ca and is in numerous public and private collections internationally. See www.tobeycanderson.com.

Gjennifer Snider
Program Director
Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre
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