PETER DUSEK ‘Serenity’
This exhibition is part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
April 29 – May 27, 2017
Opening reception with the artist, Saturday April 29, 1 – 4 pm
Inspired by the philosophies of Japanese Zen and Chinese Tao, Serenity is a series of contemplative minimalist photographs distilling the elements of Ontario’s Muskoka and Georgian Bay regions into their purest form. Like slowly sinking into a warm bath, the exhibition will remove the viewer from the chaos of modern life and instill a feeling of serenity in the heart and mind.
In today’s world, the eyes and the soul are assaulted by a myriad of things, causing us to lose our focus, become scattered, and even blinded to the simple beauty around us. Peter Dusek’s toned black and white photographs give us a glimpse of this beauty, a beauty hidden like a special shell amongst the pebbles on a beach. Inspired by the simplicity of Zen, Peter places a strong emphasis on balance and negative space and his artistic design goal is “as little as possible, as much as necessary”, giving an almost abstract quality to his intimate landscapes. His style embodies the Japanese design aesthetic shibumi, which means “a quiet elegance”. In this simplicity can be found the serenity and perhaps even the happiness that often eludes us.
Born in Bratislava, Slovakia, Peter moved to Canada when he was seven years old. He lives in the beautiful Hockley Valley area of Ontario and his frequent excursions from there give him a deep familiarity and affinity with some of Ontario’s most beautiful lands. He was awarded “Best of 2015” by the American Society of Media Photographers, “Best Work by an Emerging Artist” by the Ontario Society of Artists, and his work has been shown by Abbozzo Gallery at the Affordable Art Fair in New York City, alongside art from 70 international galleries. Peter has exhibited with the Ontario Society of Artists and the Society of Canadian Artists, and his work has been on display in numerous galleries, including the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto, the Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills in Toronto, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
Peter was elected to the Ontario Society of Artists in 2015 and the Society of Canadian Artists in 2016. He is also a proud member of the Rotary Club of Etobicoke and the American Society of Media Photographers. Peter’s work is held in private and corporate collections throughout North America including the collections of Global Furniture Group and Saks 5th Avenue.
When Saturday, April 29, 2017 to Saturday, May 27, 2017
Hours Tuesday to Saturday 11 - 5
Where Abbozzo Gallery, Suite 128, main floor