FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bradley Baker, 64 Steps Contemporary Art, 1164 Queen St. W. Toronto, Canada. Gallery hours Wednesday - Saturday 12 - 5. Opening reception Saturday September 10, 7pm - 10pm
64 Steps Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the opening and subsequent exhibition of Peter Horvath's newest work of web cinema 'Tenderly Yours' as a projected installation. A 65 page, limited edition hardcover publication accompanies the exhibition.
With appearance and narration spoken by Josephine Truffaut, Tenderly Yours resituates the personal, casual and ambiguous approach of French new wave cinema in a net art narrative that explores love, loss and memory.
"The story is recited by a striking and illustrious persona, who moves through the city with her lover. Her willful independence is intoxicating, though her sense of self is ambiguous and a fear of intimacy consuming. Then, one day she suddenly disappears. Her lover is left bewildered and is posed to question whether she is a fiction, who fades with every passing recollection. At this moment, her face reappears only to be united with that of a movie actress, whose striking resemblance further questions the certainty of her existence. Here we encounter a series of filmic ‘doubles’, of French new wave cinema rendered as net art and in turn, of net art as cinema." - Celina Jeffery
"Life, for Jean-Luc Godard's 'children of Marx and coca-cola,' was an extended meditation on politics, pop culture and the vicissitudes of dating. Peter Horvath adapts the concerns of this generation and the filmic style in which they were rendered in his new work of net cinema 'Tenderly Yours.' Here, the story of Josephine–a contemporary French woman who 'detests money/ thinks herself a marxist/ and thinks she is too old for her age'–unfolds (…) Nodding both to the early writings found in the journal Cahiers du Cinema and Lev Manovich's more recent Soft Cinema, 'Tenderly Yours' exploits net conventions to emulate the spontaneous, fragmented and naturalistic mode of new wave filmmaking." - Lauren Cornell
Peter Horvath works in video, sound, photo and new media. Camera in hand since age 6, he inhaled darkroom fumes until his late 20‘s, then began exploring time based art forms. He immersed himself in digital technologies at the birth of the Web, co-founded 6168.org, a site for net art, and adopted techniques of photomontage which he uses in his net and print based works. Exhibitions include the Whitney Museum Of American Art‘s Artport, the 18th Stuttgarter Filmwinter (Stuttgart, Germany), FILE Electronic Language International Festival (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Video Zone International Video Art Biennial (Tel Aviv, Israel), the Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec (Quebec City, Canada), as well as venues in New York, Tokyo, London, and numerous net art showings. He is the recipient of commissions from Rhizome.org at The New Museum, NYC (2005) and Turbulence.org New Radio and Performing Arts, Boston (2004). A founding member of the net art collective Hell.com, he likes to consider a future when high bandwidth will be free.