Dada, Décollage and


Peter Horvath is a Canadian artist who follows in a long tradition of thought-provoking European artworks. Merging street ephemera, movie posters, photographs, ink, acrylic and spray paint, his densely layered assemblage portraits reflect his fascination with media consumption, cultural icons and urban decay. He is strongly Influenced by the décollage of the 1960s Nouveau Réalistes Mimmo Rotella and Jacques Villeglé, whose collaging process originated in ripping worn-out posters from outdoor walls of Rome, tearing them into pieces in his studio, and reassembling them on a prepared canvas. The result often appeared almost cubist, or abstract expressionist in tone. These artist were themselves following in the footsteps of Berlin’s Dada ‘rebels’ such as Hannah Hoch and John Heartfield, who were of course picking up a thread first created by Picasso. As in the case of his forerunners, Horvath focuses on deconstructing and recontextualising imagery through assemblage to create a fascinating new interpretation of his subject. Drawing from personal and found materials, his work demonstrates the way in which life has itself has become an assemblage of consumer products and cultural reference.

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