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Peter Frey exhibition


I am very pleased to introduce friend and fellow-printmaker Peter Frey. Peter is presenting Threads and Fissures, an exhibition of his photographs and prints at the Capilano College Studio Art Gallery.

Opening reception: Thursday, November 9th, 4pm - 7 pm.
Exhibition runs November 9th until December 5th, 2006
Gallery hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday
Capilano College Studio Art Gallery
2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver, BC
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Here is Peter's artist statement:

"I began expressing myself through art quite late in my life, when I was living in India, where I studied and practiced a form of yoga called Darshan Yoga - Yoga of Perception. Ideally, when one is in a state of perception, one is fully engaged and the thinking mind is quiet and the exquisite richness of life, the inner and the outer world have an opportunity to touch us.

For about 4 years in India, the photographic camera took me from the inner world of meditation outside into fields, villages and mountains. Photography became a means to look at and admire the world in a simple and direct way. When I left India, I began to study photography in a formal way, both in New York and later in Chicago, and my work became more self-reflective. I began to include my own body in the work to speak of the relationship between the self and the world, between the inner and the outer.

I have chosen for this exhibition a few works from that period. Most of the work shown has been made since becoming a member of the art institute here at Capilano College.

I have used the word 'threads' for one of the names for this show to indicate the idea that there are common threads, or themes linking together these pieces, which span a period of about twenty years. But the threads that link and hold together, that hold my attention fully engaged in my creative work, sometimes break.  These threads that link become the fence that separates, what has been flowing easily is interrupted, what has been whole breaks - and I am disappointed. But there is an other side to such breaks, fissures, cracks, 'mistakes', which is perhaps expressed when we speak of breakthrough and which Leonard Cohen has so beautifully put in this line:" there is a crack in everything, that's where the light shines in". A crack is also an opening.

Recently I attended a sweatlodge, where volcanic rocks, heated in a fire, are used in the lodge. One of these rocks, redhot, had a crack halfway through, and it was through that crack that the red glowed with the greatest intensity. In a way the material disappeared and only the light remained, and one was able to look deep inside. Just like the intense glow of this rock soon dimmed, moments of creative intensity, of deep connectedness, of glimpses deep inside the fabric of something, rarely last very long and the sense of loss, the breaking of this connection, this fissure, I think can be seen in some of the figures that appear in my work.

A word about my choice of materials and medium:

Printmaking provides a means to create very fine textures. For my eye, fine texture acts in a similar way as very fine fabric, it is sheer and does not cover. Like a veil it allows us, hopefully, a chance to see a little inside, behind the surface, behind the picture plane. In this way I also see the series of leaves shown here less as forms and more as openings, or windows through which one might gaze into a landscape that is at once minute and very large in scale."


Spontaneous Alchemy: OM/MO 2002. ©Peter Frey, monoprint

UPDATE Nov.9th: We've just come back from the opening. It's a stunning show with a large body of work, consisting of photographs, mixed media works and inkjet prints. If you are in the area or coming to town, do come see it! Here's Peter next to his piece Leaf from Petals/Reversal, an inkjet print with coloured pencil:



Marja-Leena | 08/11/2006 | 9 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking


Marja-leena: I love the example of Peter's work you've posted - are there more images on the Web somewhere? I wish I could get to Vancouver to attend the show!

I was wondering about images online, too. He quotes one of my favorite Leonard Cohen lines.

What an amazing and fascinating artist. Thank you for the introduction.

Jackie, MB, and Patry - I'm glad Peter's work interests you. Unfortunately he does not have a web presence or I would certainly have linked to it. Jackie, you are close enough to come see it! I'd be happy to introduce you to Peter. He's quite a fascinating person and I find his work very inspiring with its mystical qualities.

Marja-leena: well - I may be up in the 'neighborhood' around Thanksgiving time. My sisters live up in Bellingham and Lynden (just 40 mins. away or so). we usually travel there for holidays, as there are more of them that would have to travel, and only two of us! My partner has wanted to go to Vancouver for the last 9 years since we moved to Washington - and can you believe, we never have?! We'll see - maybe we can convince my sisters to drive up and spend the day in B.C.

Jackie, that would be marvellous! When is your Thanksgiving? Anyway, let's keep in touch on this!

Marja-leena: Oh - sorry - American Thanksgiving is Nov. 23 - next week already!

Jackie, oh, yeah! Time flies! Are you still planning to come up? I'm sure we'll be around and I can check with Peter.

Hello Peter -

This is your old buddies Bobbie and David. We have some of your India pictures on our wall, here in Carmel California! We were talking to Martha on the telephone and she said you were doing an exhibition and we looked it up on the internet - and, magic of the world wide web - there ye be!

We owe Martha a visit and we need to see you, too.

Why don't you come to Carmel and take pictures of Big Sur - just like Cole Weston - Big Sur is WONDERFUL.

We would love to see you.

All is well.

Congrats on your exhibition.

Come see us.


Bobbie and David