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"Looking For A Place To Happen" by Peter Horvath

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Original price $350.00 - Original price $12,500.00
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Gord Downie loved toying with a live audience using cryptic and often times hilarious preambles to his songs. Surely this genius-jester knew fans would speculate the "meaning" behind his JAWS T-Shirt for years to come. However you want to read into the message of JAWS, it's definitely a nod to the influence of pop culture in one way or another. This makes the central image of Gord, photographed by David Bastedo, a perfect fit for Toronto artist Peter Horvath whose mixed media collage style incorporates recycled bits of street marketing to make his statement about the nature of pop culture, which is both disposable and precious at the same time. Old concert posters and a vintage hotrod are examples of the details in Horvath's collage that are buried like puzzle pieces of some mysterious picture, much like the lyrics of The Hip's songs. Even good old Jacques Cartier makes an appearance in the artwork, as he does in the song that inspired this piece: "Looking For A Place To Happen". "I've got a job, I explore, I follow every little whiff And I want my life to smell like this”.



Limited Edition Print


Collage, photography, & mixed media on canvas

Moab Entrada Rag Bright


50”W x 60”H

Unframed: 24" x 29"

Framed: 33" x 38"

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Peter Horvath is a photo-based and New Media artist. Embracing digital technologies at the birth of the Web, he created audio/video narratives through selective editing of film footage and the use of his early collages. His new work similarly focuses on deconstructing and recontextualizing imagery through assemblage, drawing from personal and found materials.

Merging street ephemera, movie posters, photographs, ink and spray paint, Horvath’s densely layered assemblage portraits reflect on his fascination with media consumption, cultural icons and urban decay, sharing an affinity with the Décollage of the 1960’s Nouveau Réalistes Mimmo Rotella and Jacques Villeglé.

Using imagery of friends, family and celebrated public figures, Horvath obscures his central characters with peeling, torn paper fragments and paint, frenetically surrounding a stilled subject. "When I began making these works I considered how we have become a society obsessed with aging, clinging to, and in pursuit of our emblems of youth. The images of the people I choose for these portraits have a strength and vitality - I place them among the wreckage of crumbling, entropic elements - suggesting nothing lasts forever".

Peter Horvath's work is included in numerous private and permanent collections internationally, including the Nion McEvoy collection, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and in 2016 an addition to the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is the recipient of commissions from at The New Museum, NYC (2005) and New Radio and Performing Arts, Boston (2004). He has received numerous grants from The Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council for his New Media work.

Horvath has exhibited in museums and galleries globally, including the Rise Art Prize Exhibition in London UK, and Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, Canada, 2018. Other exhibitions include the Whitney Museum Of American Art‘s Artport (NYC), Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City), the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (Québec City, Canada) and FILE Electronic Language International Festival (São Paulo, Brazil).

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