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Paul Pfeiffer

An artist working in the field of video, photography, installation art and sculpture since the late nineties, Paul Pfeiffer is well known and celebrated for his highly sophisticated use of digital technologies and new media, probing the way these technologies at once shape and alter our daily visual experience. By digitally manipulating or erasing elements from iconic images, many of them taken from sports events or Hollywood films, Pfeiffer adopts today’s frenetic visual language in order to explore our culture’s obsession with spectacle. By focusing on how the image renders athletes as objects rather than subjects, Pfeiffer stages the `otherness´ of the image through an artistic investigation that examines, resists, and exploits spectacle by honing in on and isolating representational codes that otherwise tend to enthrall the viewer.

Paul Pfeiffer (b.1966, Honolulu) lives and works in New York. He has received numerous awards and fellowships including a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship and the Bucksbaum Award from the Whitney Museum. In 2011, he was the subject of a retrospective at Sammlung Goetz in Munich, Germany. Selected exhibitions include the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge US; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; MUSAC León, León; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin; Artangel, London; Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila. His work is held in international collections including LACMA, Los Angeles; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Pinault Collection, Paris; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; and MoMA, New York. 

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Caryatid (De La Hoya) , 2016, digital video loop, chromed television/DVD combo, 2 minutes

Caryatid (De La Hoya), 2016, digital video loop, chromed television/DVD combo, 2 minutes

Caryatid (Marquez) , 2016, digital video loop, chromed television/DVD combo, 60 x 80 x 50 cm

Caryatid (Marquez), 2016, digital video loop, chromed television/DVD combo, 60 x 80 x 50 cm

Three Figures In A Room , exhibition view at carlier | gebauer, 2016

Three Figures In A Room, exhibition view at carlier | gebauer, 2016

Three Figures In A Room, exhibition view at carlier | gebauer, 2016. Photo: Gunter Lepkowski

Three Figures In A Room, exhibition view at carlier | gebauer, 2016. Photo: Gunter Lepkowski

Three Figures in A Room , still, 2015, video and sound installation, various dimensions

Three Figures in A Room, still, 2015, video and sound installation, various dimensions

Three Figures In A Room, exhibition view at carlier | gebauer, 2016. Photo: Gunter Lepkowski

Three Figures In A Room, exhibition view at carlier | gebauer, 2016. Photo: Gunter Lepkowski

Three Figures in A Room , still, 2015, video and sound installation, various dimensions

Three Figures in A Room, still, 2015, video and sound installation, various dimensions

Caryatid , 2016, digital video loop, chromed television/DVD combo, 2 minutes, 1/1 + 1AP

Caryatid, 2016, digital video loop, chromed television/DVD combo, 2 minutes, 1/1 + 1AP

Caryatid,  2008, three channel digital video loop, three custom 32" monitors with embedded media players, 45 sec

Caryatid, 2008, three channel digital video loop, three custom 32" monitors with embedded media players, 45 sec

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (04) , 2000, cibachrome print, 149,86 x 119,38 cm

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (04), 2000, cibachrome print, 149,86 x 119,38 cm

Vitruvian Figure , 2009, birch plywood, one way mirrored glass, polished stainelss steel, 586 x 472 x 240 cm, edition of 3

Vitruvian Figure, 2009, birch plywood, one way mirrored glass, polished stainelss steel, 586 x 472 x 240 cm, edition of 3

The Saints , 2007, exhibition view at Berlin, Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, 2009

The Saints, 2007, exhibition view at Berlin, Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, 2009

The Saints , 2007, detail, seventeen channel audio, two channel video loop with stereo audio, single screen video loop, cast armature with LCD monitor

The Saints, 2007, detail, seventeen channel audio, two channel video loop with stereo audio, single screen video loop, cast armature with LCD monitor

The Saints , 2007, detail, seventeen channel audio, two channel video loop with stereo audio, single screen video loop, cast armature with LCD monitor

The Saints, 2007, detail, seventeen channel audio, two channel video loop with stereo audio, single screen video loop, cast armature with LCD monitor

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (28) , 2007, Fugiflex digital c-print, 101,6 x 152,4 cm

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (28), 2007, Fugiflex digital c-print, 101,6 x 152,4 cm

Cross Hall , 2008, live video stream, camera, projection, diorama, wood, 400 x 533 x 200 cm, unique

Cross Hall, 2008, live video stream, camera, projection, diorama, wood, 400 x 533 x 200 cm, unique

Live from Neverland , 2006, Two channel digital video loop, single channel audio loop, projector, monitor, speakers, 10:18 min, edition of 3

Live from Neverland, 2006, Two channel digital video loop, single channel audio loop, projector, monitor, speakers, 10:18 min, edition of 3

Flagpole , 2006, digital video loop, LCD monitor 1 1/2 x 2 inches, DVD player, cast plastic armature 30 sec video loop

Flagpole, 2006, digital video loop, LCD monitor 1 1/2 x 2 inches, DVD player, cast plastic armature 30 sec video loop

Live Evil (Bucharest) , 2004, two digital video loops, two metal armatures, two projectors, frame synchronizer, two DVD players

Live Evil (Bucharest), 2004, two digital video loops, two metal armatures, two projectors, frame synchronizer, two DVD players

Caryatid (2003) , 2003, chromed 9 inch color television and dvd player, digital video loop 50 sec, 50 sec

Caryatid (2003), 2003, chromed 9 inch color television and dvd player, digital video loop 50 sec, 50 sec

Morning after the Deluge , exhibition view at carlier | gebauer, 2003 
 

Morning after the Deluge, exhibition view at carlier | gebauer, 2003
 

Morning after the Deluge , 2003, dig. video on dvd, 366 cm x 487 cm, projection size 20 min

Morning after the Deluge, 2003, dig. video on dvd, 366 cm x 487 cm, projection size 20 min

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse  (07), 2002, Fugiflex digital c-print, 122 x 152,5 cm, edition of 6

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (07), 2002, Fugiflex digital c-print, 122 x 152,5 cm, edition of 6

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse  (06), 2001, Fugiflex digital c-print, 152,5 x 122 cm, edition of 6

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (06), 2001, Fugiflex digital c-print, 152,5 x 122 cm, edition of 6

Goethe’s Message to the New Negroes, 2001, digital video loop, metal armature, LCD monitor, DVD player, 30 sec.

Goethe’s Message to the New Negroes, 2001, digital video loop, metal armature, LCD monitor, DVD player, 30 sec.

Goethe’s Message to the New Negroes , 2001, Digital video loop, metal armature, LCD monitor, DVD player, 30 sec

Goethe’s Message to the New Negroes, 2001, Digital video loop, metal armature, LCD monitor, DVD player, 30 sec

Goethe’s Message to the New Negroes , 2001, Digital video loop, metal armature, LCD monitor, DVD player, 30 sec.

Goethe’s Message to the New Negroes, 2001, Digital video loop, metal armature, LCD monitor, DVD player, 30 sec.

Race Riot, 2001, digital video loop, SONY PC 110 camcorder, vitrine (wood & glass), linen, DVD player, 2:30 sec

Race Riot, 2001, digital video loop, SONY PC 110 camcorder, vitrine (wood & glass), linen, DVD player, 2:30 sec

Race Riot, 2001, still, digital video loop, SONY PC 110 camcorder, vitrine (wood & glass), linen, DVD player, 2:30 sec

Race Riot, 2001, still, digital video loop, SONY PC 110 camcorder, vitrine (wood & glass), linen, DVD player, 2:30 sec

Orpheus Descending , 2001, video installation on the North Bridge at World Trade Center, VHS Tapes

Orpheus Descending, 2001, video installation on the North Bridge at World Trade Center, VHS Tapes

Orpheus Descending , 2001, still, video installation on the North Bridge at World Trade Center, VHS Tapes

Orpheus Descending, 2001, still, video installation on the North Bridge at World Trade Center, VHS Tapes