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Peter Steinhauer: Cocoons

28 Jun - 30 Sep 2021
Toronto

Peter Steinhauer: Cocoons

Date:

28 Jun - 30 Sep 2021

Location:

415 Eastern Avenue

Toronto, ON

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In this, his Cocoons series, Steinhauer explores the extraordinary practice that is the final stronghold of the bamboo scaffolders. Throughout Hong Kong, you can witness these buildings, caged in bamboo up to 80 stories high during renovation, then covered in different colored material to eliminate falling debris.

The viewer can immerse themselves in the highly detailed picturesque photography that gives not only a visual representation of the building but a bird’s eye view into the homes and daily lives of a Hong Kong residents. In rich contrast, some of these works can be viewed as purely abstract, with the lens up close, it can be challenging to decipher what is before your very eyes.

The title Cocoons for this body of work was a natural choice for the artist. The framework; a metamorphosis; like caterpillars to butterflies. Colored material unveiled ceremoniously, exposing a brand-new facade, just as a butterfly breaking free from its cocoon, lauding its resurrection.


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Woman walking in front of Cocoons artworkBlue Cocoon photograph on wallGreen Cocoon artwork on wallPhotograph on wall above upholstered benchMetro photograph framed

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Peter Steinhauer

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b, 1966, Boulder, CO

Lives in Washington, DC

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Photograph of photographer Peter Steinhauer in a dam
Photograph of photographer Peter Steinhauer in a dam

Peter Steinhauer is an artist-photographer, who had been living and working in Asia since 1993. His photography focuses predominantly on architecture within urban landscapes, man-made structures, and natural panoramas. Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Peter Steinhauer developed an early fascination and appreciation of different cultures from his parents that took him and his siblings on their annual travels. These experiences actively fed his curiosity and ultimately afforded him the opportunity to live in numerous cities around the world including Stockholm, Sweden, both Hanoi and Saigon, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, San Francisco, and more recently Washington, DC. Peter Steinhauer is a recipient of multiple international photography awards including a finalist for the 2014 and 2017 Lucie Awards, Ford Foundation grant for his multi-year work in Vietnam, Black and White Spider Award for Architecture, IPA and PX3 Paris awards, three Communication Arts Photography Annual Award of Excellence awards, among others. You can find his works in the collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, and a growing number of private and corporate collections worldwide.