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Bio (short)

I had two fascinations in my teenage years: the composition of rocket fuels and the revealing quality of light. It propelled me to apply the medium of photography to art and science during my 10-year chemistry study. The art influenced the clarification of my sociopolitical views. I arrived in Canada with little more than my education, wife, child and Geneva Convention refugee passport. I gradually found the application for my creativity by starting or co-developing three businesses that created employment for many.   

My return to art photography was an unintended consequence of my growing concern regarding the capacities of Ontario's ecology to sustain the ecological footprint expected by the ever-increasing human population.  

Mission Statement

I see photography as a mirror of intent; it reflects the spectrum of reality processed by the consciousness of a photographer. The medium became then a credible source of evidence documenting the evolution of both - the photographers’ perceptions and recorded realities. Simply said, it is a tool that helps to understand the world better. It is also more about the process rather than a point of arrival. It compels me to redefine realities at all times. Suppose my work engages an audience along the way. In that case, its contribution should not be measured by my attempt to define a single destination. That is the discretion of each viewer.

My creative interest was evolving exhibition projects focused on two distinct themes. One is ecology, or the relationship between living organisms and their environment. I found it captivating to compile evidence of how Canadian ecology works with its built-in capacity for self-preservation. I am interested in the limits of these processes and the consequences of their failure. I progress in this framework of my interest as continuously evolving projects not intended, at this point, for public exhibitions.

The second focus in my work is social ecology, which I narrowed down to one city overloaded with a host of issues. Among many others are massive de-industrialization, misguided urban planning, the protection of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, integration of multiple ethnic communities, and a legacy of industrial pollution. I abandoned this project, unable to find a public venue willing to exhibit its progression.  

I see the future of our world defined only by abilities to maintain the intelligent balance between the pro-activity and reactivity of the human population.    

Process Statement

​I use modern digital media informed by traditional photographic techniques, tools, and practices learned from years spent in darkrooms during my academic and professional career. All stages of printing, finishing, and framing were done by me, using natural and water-based materials to portray my photographic subjects faithfully and to ensure the archival quality of my work.

Past Exhibitions – spec
2018 February             An Aqueous Mind", exhibition, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas,
2015 May – Oct.        “The Bruce & The Bay,” exhibition with Lorraine Roy, Circle Arts, Tobermory, ON
2015 January               "Intermission," solo exhibition, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, Ontario
2014-15 Nov. - Jan.    “An Aqueous State,” exhibition, Art Gallery of Burlington
2014 July-Aug.           "Ebb & Flow," exhibition, Niagara Pumphouse Art Centre, Niagara-on-the-Lake
2014 June                    Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
2013 May                     "Ebb & Flow," exhibition, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas
2013 April                    "Georgian Bay," exhibition, Rotunda Gallery, Kitchener
2013 February             The Artist Project 2013, Exhibition Place, Toronto
2012 Sept-Oct.         "In Full View," presentation at TAG Art Gallery, St. Catharines, ON
2012 March,                The Artist Project Toronto 2012, Exhibition Place, Toronto
2011 May – June         “Primal Encounters,” exhibition, Petroff Gallery, Toronto
2010 Nov-Jan.            “Forces of Nature,” Juried Exhibition, Glenhyrst Art Gallery, Branford, ON
2010 July-Sept             Canadian Landscape Juried Exhibition, Agnes Jamieson Gallery, Minden, ON
2010 Feb-March         Janusz Wrobel & Floyd Elzinga, Petroff Gallery, Toronto
2010 March                 The Artist Project Toronto 2010
2010 January               ”I Take My City Back” ongoing art project launched at The Print Studio, Hamilton, Ontario.
2009 March                  The Artist Project Toronto 2009
2008 Aug-Sept.           The three-artist exhibition is at Petroff Gallery South, 334 Dundas Street W, Toronto.
2008 August                “Ontario Unbound Series," exhibition, Carriage House Gallery, Midland, Ontario.
2008 July                      Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
2008 June/July            “Flow,” exhibition, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas.
2008                              Janusz Wrobel & Lorraine Roy, Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, Ontario.
2007                              “Naked and Unadorned” Carnegie Gallery, members exhibition.
2007                              “Ontario Unbound” Janusz Wrobel, Jordan Art Gallery, Jordan, Ontario.
2006                              “Sylvan Spirits” show, Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, Ontario.
2005                               Toronto Art Expo, Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
2004-5                           “Satin and Steel,” Janusz Wrobel & Lorraine Roy at Rebecca Gallery, Toronto, Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Ontario.
1972-76                        “Format” Group exhibitions in Wroclaw, Warsaw, Brno, Dresden, Kyiv,
                                     World Triennial of Drawing 1974.

Past Gallery Representations
Davis Canadian Arts, Stratford, ON (2007-17)
Circle Arts, Tobermory, ON (2008-17)
Main Street Gallery, Bayfield, ON (2011-17)
Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, ON (2007-18)
Petroff Gallery, Toronto, ON (2008-2013)
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