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The Atelier Gallery

Unnatural Wonders

Photographs by Peter Croteau
October 21, 2014 – January 8, 2015
Opening reception November 20, 2014 6:30 – 8PM
The Griffin Museum at Stoneham Theatre
395 Main Street, Stoneham, MA 02180

Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1988 and moving many times through various tract house suburbs, Peter Croteau understands the differences and similarities in the landscape across the United States. He considers himself to be an explorer of mundane spaces looking to transform the everyday into something otherworldly through the use of 8x10 and 4x5 view cameras.

Peter Croteau's Unnatural Wonders will be featured in the Griffin Museum's Atelier Gallery at the Stoneham Theatre in Stoneham, MA, October 21 — January 8, 2015. It runs parallel to the theater's productions of The Addams Family, A New Musical, Meet Me in St. Louis, New York Voices and Loretta Laroche.

A reception is November 20, 2014 6:30 – 8:00pm.

Peter Croteau creates drosscapes. These are the in-between waste spaces in the landscape. They are formed as a result of sprawl and are in a constant state of flux between use and disuse. "Peter Croteau fashions mountains out of everyday mound hills like clay and salt piles and construction fill," says Paula Tognarelli, executive director and curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography. "His landscapes are not what they appear to be at first glance. Through perspective and exacting optics, he manufactures a gallery of unnatural wonders."

"I explore these mundane spaces using the camera as an apparatus that can reframe and order the world," says Croteau. "I set up a dualistic relationship between earth and sky in order to reference painterly representations of the sublime."

Peter Croteau received his MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 and his BS in Photography from Drexel University in 2010. He currently lives and works out of Providence, RI.

About the Griffin Museum

The Griffin Museum of Photography was founded in 1992 to provide a forum for the exhibition of both historic and contemporary photography. The Museum houses three galleries dedicated solely to the exploration of photographic arts: the Main Gallery, which features rotating exhibits from some of the world's leading photographers; the Atelier Gallery dedicated to showcasing the works of prominent, up-and-coming artists; and the Griffin Gallery, home to the extensive archives of Museum founder and world-renowned photojournalist Arthur Griffin. For more on the Griffin Museum of Photography, visit

Gallery Info

The Atelier Gallery at Stoneham Theatre is open to the public during regular box office hours, Monday – Friday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday from 1:00 – 6:00 PM, and open to our audiences before each performance and during intermission.