Thaddeus Holownia


At the heart of Thaddeus Holownia’s photographic enterprise is the need to look hard at what matters and to fix the memory of that looking. All his work has been about considered regard, about the intimate relationship between the eye of perception and the “I” of the perceiving photographer.

Robert Enright, from Eying the Landscape: The Photography of Thaddeus Holownia. BorderCrossing No. 84, November 2002

St. John's, NL, 1981-2006

Sable Island: An Elemental Landscape 1986-1996

Silver Ghost 2001-2007

The Radio Canada International Portfolio 1977-2006

Rockland Bridge 1981-2000

Anatomy of a Pipeline 1999-2000

Station: Irving Architectural Landscapes 1979-2004

Jolicure Pond 1996-2004

Headlighting 1974-1977

Gros Morne/West Coast, 1981-2002

Walden Pond Revisited 2001-2003

PARIS 2007 A Work in Progress

Ship's Company Theatre 1986-2005

24 Tree Studies for Henry David Thoreau, 2001

In his Series, Thaddeus Holownia deals with things small and insignificant but specific to the immediate sphere, in order to arrive at statements about the greater whole.

Fundamental roles in his photographic examinations are played by human intrusion into the natural environment, the power of time to bring about change, and the possibilities of human subjects to be reflected in objects. All three groups of works are series, but there is different intention behind such use of repetition. If one were to call Headlighting a sociogram of the mid-seventies, then the photographs of Rockland Bridge portray the continuous flow of time. The images of Jolicure Pond are notations of atmospheric changes, but at the same time an attempt to describe cyclical recurrence and therefore something endless and eternal.

Dr. Christoph Heinrich
Monets Vermachtns Serie Ordnung und Obsession
(Monet's Legacy Series, Order and Obsession 2000/2001)
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany