Sunday, December 09, 2012

Peter von Tiesenhausen: Elevations

I suddenly have a huge desire to go to Grande Prairie for next Friday, I am not going to make, but it would be great if I could be because Peter von Tiesesnhausen is having the opening reception for his new exhibition called Elevations.

The show opens December 14th and runs to February 10th, the odds of me seeing it is almost nil.

I think Peter is the most thought provoking artist Canada has ever seen.   I know of no one else that has managed to connect the natural world and art in such a way as he has.   HIs eploration of how place and the natural world can be part of art, can be the fundamental forces to create art, are truly unique.   Elevations sounds like it is amazing.   Here are Peter's own words:

Elevations targets the extinction of desire, the end of time.It searches out significance and engagement to pursue being.The stories growing of our own making, each telling different, even while it is the same.Which of them allow ascent?-Peter von Tiesenhausen About the ExhibitionThrough relics, sculpture, ‘painting,’ video, and documentary photography, Peter von Tiesenhausen reveals his voyages in his upcoming exhibition Elevations at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie.The exhibition brings together significant artefacts and relics from von Tiesenhausen’s lifelong search for meaning, his lifelong attempt to understand the world and the artist’s place within it. Elevations is a work of research and of definition of place, a journey through space and time, and an attempt to perceive a sense of the essence of that meaning by capturing its residue.After twenty years of total immersion in his artistic practice, von Tiesenhausen’s journeys today are less epic odysseys than they are explorations of inner space.In this, von Tiesenhausen’s most ambitious exhibition in more than 10 years, the artist employs over 10,000 pounds of wood, steel, and bronze, along with video and photography to share his explorations with his home region.Peter von Tiesenhausen resides in Demmitt, Alberta, and is one of northern Alberta’s most prominent contemporary artists. He has exhibited his works around the world and across Canada, and frequently lectures on his work and his remarkable life at universities, colleges, and conferences near and far. His work is held in numerous significant public collections, and several of his public sculptures are on permanent display in cities across Canada.

Peter von Tiesenhausen: Elevations
Peter von Tiesenhausen: Elevations. On view at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie

On Friday, December 14, please attend the opening reception for the new exhibition Elevations by Peter von Tiesenhausen. Peter von Tiesenhausen is one of the Peace Region’s most celebrated artists. Elevations brings together works in wood, bronze, and steel, weighing a total of over 10,000 lbs, along with photography and video, for Tiesenhausen’s most ambitious exhibition in over a decade.

Friday, December 14, 2012
7:00 pm
This event is open to the public. Admission is Free.
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Peter von Tiesenhausen

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