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b. 1966, USA

Paul Pfeiffer Biography

Paul Pfeiffer recasts the visual language of pop spectacle to investigate how media images shape our perception of the world and ourselves. Working in video, photography, sculpture and sound, he is drawn to moments intended for mass audiences (live sports events, stadium concert tours, televised game shows, celebrity glamour shots), which he meticulously samples and re-edits to expose an uncanny emptiness underneath. From the hyperreality of photo retouching and digital erasure to the endless repetition of video loops, his mastery of post-production allows him to magnify the surreal aspects of contemporary existence where bodies become sites of saturated observation, and violence-as-entertainment flirts with nationalism, religion and ancient myth. While he also experiments with the format and scale of his works, immersive audiovisual installations often cohabit with portable fetish objects in his exhibitions. Throughout his practice, Paul Pfeiffer means to reflect and heighten the existential condition of the viewer as consumer by perversely blurring the boundary between voyeurism and contemplation.

Paul Pfeiffer Featured Artworks

Desiderata 2017 by Paul Pfeiffer contemporary artwork
Paul PfeifferDesiderata 2017, 2018Digital video loop, fabricated steel monitor with embedded media player, marble, wood
89 x 57 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Desiderata 1972 - 1974 by Paul Pfeiffer contemporary artwork
Paul PfeifferDesiderata 1972 - 1974, 2018Digital video loop, fabricated aluminium monitor with embedded media player
11 x 34 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Live Evil (Amsterdam) by Paul Pfeiffer contemporary artwork
Paul PfeifferLive Evil (Amsterdam), 2018Digital video loop, 2.5'' LCD screen in custom 3D printed , painted, resin shell, media player
7 x 9 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (8) by Paul Pfeiffer contemporary artwork
Paul PfeifferFour Horsemen of the Apocalypse (8), 2003 - 2018Matte C-print
192 x 156 cm
Not for sale
Para Site

Paul Pfeiffer Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Evidence at Metro Pictures, New York
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7 June–27 July 2018 Group Exhibition Evidence Metro PicturesNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Paul Pfeiffer, Desiderata at Perrotin, Paris
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17 March–26 May 2018 Paul Pfeiffer Desiderata PerrotinParis

Paul Pfeiffer Represented By

Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Perrotin Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo

Paul Pfeiffer In Related Press

JOSH KLINE in conversation with ILARIA MAROTTA Related Press JOSH KLINE in conversation with ILARIA MAROTTA 31 July 2018, CURA.

America is a country full of contradictions that I would synthesise in two opposing drives: political activism, aggregation and social promotion versus a reactionary and deeply conservative attitude. As in all syntheses, many nuances are obviously lost, but I think that, by looking at your art work, you know how to expose, with surprising ability...

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What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week Related Press What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week 20 June 2018, The New York Times

I haven’t seen anyone capture our current state of disconnect better than Josh Kline does in Evidence, a show of work by seven artists, himself included, that he curated for Metro Pictures. In the front room, Oto Gillen’s handsome photographs of ominous Wall Street skyscrapers and Allyson Vieira’s apocalyptically cheery wall-mounted arrows made...

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The art of the beautiful game: football moves off pitch and into the museum Related Press The art of the beautiful game: football moves off pitch and into the museum 16 June 2018, Wallpaper*

Football has many guises. It is a pastime where schoolboys scrape knees in a courtyard; a tear-jerking symbol of national pride; a multi-billion dollar industry with corporate interest.

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