Peter Friedrichsen: Sun, Smoke, Sky, and Grass

Peter Friedrichsen, (left to right) Orange Ball, Paterson Orkney, Pull Cords, Photographic Hand-prints from plant proteins, iron salts, and pigments

Peter Friedrichsen | Sun, Smoke, Sky, and Grass
Alt Process Landscapes of SW Saskatchewan

May 8 – 26, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 11, 2024, 2:00 – 5:30 pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, May 26, 2024, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
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Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto

Exhibition Statement

The sky is large, smoke obscures the sun, grasses rustle in unrelenting winds. Hand-brushed photographic prints of Southwest Saskatchewan are presented using a novel experimental approach combining plant proteins, iron salts, and pigments. The raw aesthetic, reminiscent of the gum bichromate process, reflects the starkness of these prairie lands.

Exhibited Works

15 hand-brushed prints are creations from photographic images of SW Saskatchewan, captured during a trip in July, 2023. Wildfire smoke was very present and heavy on a number of those days, providing a photograph of the sun without any type of solar darkening filter.

The imagery provides only a front cover to a much bigger narrative of the efforts of challenged towns in preserving their historical past, and government efforts towards land and wildlife preservation, amidst the economies of heavy agricultural use.

Artist will be in attendance at the reception, artist talk, and on weekends. Private viewings can be arranged.

About The Artist

Peter Friedrichsen is a photographer and alternative process printmaker based in Toronto, Canada. He has had two cyanotype photogram solo exhibitions and has been a featured artist in several books on the cyanotype process. He often uses a minimalist approach to his photography and printmaking. An endless experimenter, he enjoys pushing the boundaries and developing a deeper understanding of alternative processes. He has exhibited both locally and internationally. Peter is a member and current Chair of the Board at Propeller Art Gallery.


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About Propeller Art Gallery

Propeller Art Gallery is an artist-run co-operative and exhibition space in Toronto’s Queen West Art + Design District that supports innovative, sustainable programming They are part of the cultural community in Toronto’s vibrant Queen West Art & Design district. Propeller actively fosters artists’ creative pursuits by hosting curated, juried, and member exhibitions. Additionally, it provides platforms for networking and learning through lectures, workshops, and artist talks. Propeller continues to garner public interest and critical acclaim as an essential artist-run centre in Toronto.


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