Peter Von Tiesenhausen Reservoir

Peter von Tiesenhausen, Reservoir (video still), 2017. Video/sound collaboration with Jen Reimer and Magnus Tiesenhausen. Commissioned by The City of Calgary as part of the Watershed + Dynamic Environment Lab public art initiative. Image courtesy of the Artist.


For Peter von Tiesenhausen, the landscape of Alberta has been a primary source of inspiration, with sustainability being a constant thread that has woven its way through his work over the course of his long career. Most often working with natural materials such as wood, ice and the land itself, von Tiesenhausen has also incorporated discarded industrial materials such as wire cabling, glass and metal sheeting into his work. Addressing ideas of time, life, nature and re-generation, this new exhibition will engage audiences with important issues related to extraction, production and our impact on the environment. These concerns have influenced von Tiesenhausen’s approach to art and art-making. His work is both process-based and experimental with the final outcome not always known at the outset. For this new exhibition, the artist has been invited to reimagine the architecture of the AGA’s third floor gallery space, constructing an environment that will effectively transport the viewer out of the familiar and into an immersive environment of both sight and sound.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta. Curated by Catherine Crowston. 

Peter von Tiesenhausen, Parabel (detail)

Peter von Tiesenhausen, Parabel (detail), 2017. Aluminum and salvaged components. Image courtesy of the Artist.

Executive Director/Chief Curator

Catherine Crowston is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton Alberta, having joined the Gallery in 1998. From 1994-1997, Crowston was the Director/Curator of the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta) and Editor of the Walter Phillips Gallery Editions. Prior to this, she was Assistant Curator at the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto (1986-1994) and was both an Editor and Chair of the Board of Directors of Fuse Magazine in Toronto (1989-1995).


Peter von Tiesenhausen is a multidisciplinary artist based in Demmitt, Alberta. Over the course of his twenty-eight years as a full-time artist, his practice has continuously eluded categorization. His work has found form as sculpture, painting, video, ephemera, performance, land art, community action, and installation.