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Peter Horvath

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Peter Horvath is a Canadian multimedia and collage artist, whose collages manipulate and rework images drawn from popular culture. Horvath uses scale, juxtaposition and saturated colour in order to create surreal, often humorous artworks.

A multimedia artist

Horvath, inspired by the avant-garde work of the 1920s Dadaists, embraced digital media with the birth of the Web to create audio/video narratives through the editing of film footage and the use of his early collages. His new work also aims to deconstruct and recontextualise imagery in order to create a new narrative, drawing from his archive of mid-20th Century material.

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A nostalgic perspective

Horvath is inspired by the mass media of his childhood, manipulating advertisements from the 1960s and 70s. He offers optimistic narratives influenced by childhood perspectives of the American dream. Horvath’s latest series “American Century” considers the decline of the US as a superpower and the hegemony of America in the 20th century; he views this from a nostalgic perspective, using lost heroes, icons and imagined landscapes to create a geometric space that expresses an illusory inner sanctum.

International success

Horvath has had numerous solo and group exhibitions globally, including the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in Canada. He also created a commission for Rhizome.org at the New Museum, NYC. Horvath is featured in numerous permanent collections, including a new addition in 2016 to the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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American Century

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Credentials

Group exhibitions

  • 2018
    Adoptive / Stephen Bulger Gallery – Toronto, Canada
  • 2014
    [becoming] The Logic of Memory / Hamilton Artists Inc – Hamilton, Canada
  • 2012
    Frames Per Second / Nicholas Metivier Gallery – Toronto, Canada
  • 2011
    Chain Letter / AC Institute – New York, United States
  • 2010
    700IS 2010 Experimental Film and Video Festival / Festival – Egilsstadir, Iceland
  • 2009
    Electronic Language International Festival / SESI Cultural Centre – Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 2009
    Til The End Of Cinema - Share Festival for Art and Digital Culture / Museum of Natural Science – Piemonte, Italy
  • 2009
    Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto / Artscape Wychwood Barns – Toronto, Canada
  • 2009
    Re: InSitu / Müvészetmalom – Szentendre, Hungary
  • 2009
    Re: InSitu / Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grace – Montréal, Canada
  • 2008
    Hollywould / Freewaves 11th Festival of Experimental Media Arts – Los Angeles, United States
  • 2007
    (Re)colony / Tatar Gallery – Toronto, Canada
  • 2007
    Lines of Flight / Hunter College Art Galleries – New York, United States
  • 2006
    Pixel Pops / C2C Gallery – Prague, Czechia
  • 2006
    Rhizome Commissioned Works / New Museum Bookstore – New York, United States
  • 2006
    Reflections / La Galerie d’art Stewart Hall – Pointe-Claire, Canada
  • 2006
    Seoul Net/Film Festival / Festival – Seoul, South Korea
  • 2005
    II International Festival of Electronic Art 404 / Festival – Rosario, Argentina
  • 2005
    Lumen Eclipse / Harvard Square Gallery – Somerville, United States
  • 2005
    Threading Time / The Siggraph 2005 Art Gallery – Los Angeles, United States
  • 2005
    Seoul Net Festival / Festival – Seoul, South Korea
  • 2005
    Untitled / The International Digital Media and Arts Association (iDMAa) – Orlando, Florida, United States
  • 2005
    Subrealities / University of Texas – Dallas, United States
  • 2005
    Festival Toshare / Festival – Torino, Italy
  • 2005
    Japan Media Arts Festival / Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography – Tokyo, Japan
  • 2005
    18 Stuttgarter Filmwinter / Stuttgart – Stuttgart, Germany

Solo exhibitions

  • 2011
    Memoir / Stride Art Gallery – Calgary, Canada
  • 2011
    Propositions / Nicholas Metivier Gallery – Toronto, Canada
  • 2008
    Inmerso / Museo Tamayo – Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2007
    Peter Horvath/Transient Passages / ACA Gallery of SCAD – Atlanta, United States
  • 2006
    Inventory of Being / Art Gallery of Hamilton – Hamilton, Canada
  • 2005
    Tenderly Yours / 64 Steps Contemporary Art – Toronto, Canada
  • 2004
    4 Artworks for the Internet / Pace Digital Gallery – New York, United States
  • 2003
    Either Side of an Empty Room / Neutral Ground / SOIL Digital Media Gallery – Regina, Canada
  • 2000
    Head On Collision / SPIN Gallery – Toronto, Canada
  • 1993
    Colour Photographs II / Tanashima Gallery – Tokyo, Japan
  • 1991
    Colour Photographs I / Roschar Gallery – Toronto, Canada
  • 1990
    Black & White Objects / Roschar Gallery – Toronto, Canada

Publications

  • 2016
    The Age Of Collage 2, Contemporary Collage In Modern Art– The Age Of Collage 2, Contemporary Collage In Modern Art
  • 2008
    Springer CCIS– Transdisciplinary Digital Art: Sound, Vision and the New Screen
  • 2007
    La Photographie Comme Mode D’Organisation De L’oeuvre Hympermédiatique– La Photographie Comme Mode D’Organisation De L’oeuvre Hympermédiatique
  • 2004
    Parachute– The Screen of Net.Art

Permanent collections

  • 2016
    Whitney Museum of American Art, United States
  • 2016
    The Nion McEvoy Collection, United States
  • 2009
    Art Gallery of Hamilton, Canada
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