Some Will Take More Prodding, Others Will Be More Difficult
Artwork | Michael Lewis, 2008
Oil on canvas | In the group exhibition “Sorting Daemons: Art, Surveillance Regimes and Social Control” | Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, ON
In this painting, which is part of a larger series entitled I’ll Take Care of It, Lewis illustrates a conference-style, office gathering of people conversing and interacting with each other, depicted through the high perspective of a surveillance camera. This work highlights the tracking and surveying of the bodies who undertake the mundane tasks of everyday corporate life, but blacks out—censors—the eyes, thereby masking recognizable identities and individuality.