Tiesenhausen, Peter von

PETER VON TIESENHAUSEN | REAL AND IMAGINED

ODD Gallery Installation
August 11 – September 18, 2005
Artist’s Talk & Opening Reception: Thursday, August 11, 7 PM

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"To build a fire" - fire/wood

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Installation detail

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aerial photo of dredge tailings

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"Screen/play", detail

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"Miners", detail, aerial photo of dredge tailings, poplar leaf with leaf miner

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"Screen/play", detail

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"Screen/play", expanded metal screen

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Poplar leaf with leaf miner

BIOGRAPHY

Peter von Tiesenhausen has experienced the land around his home for 40 of his 46 years.  His travels have taken him to 6 continents and he has worked and lived in the far north and the far south.  He attended the Alberta College of Art in 1979 and 1981 and has been a full time practicing visual artist since 1990. He has exhibited and lectured widely across Canada as well as in Europe and the United States. He has had over 35 solo and many group exhibitions over the last 15 years. The land in which he lives constitutes his primary and ongoing artwork and in 1995 he claimed copyright over that land.  He has been successful on several occasions defending this artwork against the incursions of other corporate interests. His work has been widely reviewed and the subject of 2 national television documentaries including a one hour award winning film “Elemental” produced in 2000 for “Adrienne Clarkson Presents”.

His practice includes painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, event, video and on occasion, performance.

In the words of Clint Roenisch of Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto:

“Peter is a sculptor, painter, video and installation artist. Peter von Tiesenhausen’s projects evoke the majesty and violent perfection of the natural world and its rhythms. He is interested in
investing contemporary existence with a more profound connection to the radiant of nature in a manner that is neither pure ecology nor distanced irony.”


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