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Peter Holzhauer

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Based in Los Angeles, Peter Holzhauer guides our attention to the accidental, the presence of well-intentioned but unfortunate urban planning, misplacement and even defacement of the natural setting. Like a visual anthropologist, Holzhauer surveys the city and countryside for signs of what has become of us – the consequences of our use of the land becoming the fabric of our environment. In Holzhauer’s deadpan portrayal of the metropolis, daily ironies sharpen under perpetual sunshine: the clash of prosperity and destitution, the jumble of nature and man-made, the presence of nostalgia. He introduces claims on the local terrain by individuals we will never see or know. We are reminded of being products of our surroundings, even as life feels largely accidental. How we perceive these accidents of incident, and how we learn from them, determines the future.

Peter Holzhauer lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied at Pratt Institute, New York and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston before receiving his B.F.A. from the Art Institute of Boston, and his M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Boston Public Library, the Boston Athenaeum, and the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York. Holzhauer is a recipient of D’Arcy Hayman Award, Bill Muster Foundation Award, and Hoyt Scholarship. He is currently an instructor of photography at Cerritos College, Norwalk. His work has been in recent group exhibitions at the New York Photo Festival in Brooklyn; Piero Gallery in Orange, New Jersey; Phantom Gallery in Pasadena, California; and the Portland Museum of Art, in Maine.