Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Paul Pfeiffer's groundbreaking work in video, sculpture, and photography uses recent computer technologies to dissect the role that mass media plays in shaping consciousness. Pfeiffer's intimate and idealized video works are often presented on small LCD screens and loop infinitely—meditations on faith, desire, and a contemporary culture obsessed with celebrity.
Paul Pfeiffer was born in Honolulu in 1966, but currently lives and works in New York City. He has a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, an MFA from Hunter College in New York and participated at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.
"Pfeiffer's works address how the image of the human being has been transformed by new digital technologies, which can be used both to store limitless amounts of visual information and to manipulate pre-existing images."
– Hilarie M. Sheets
Pfeiffer's work often employs digital editing to address the question of the real, and of historical visibility or invisibility within the image. Referring to his video work as "video sculptures," Pfeiffer merges mediums and approaches, assimilating found footage and images from pop culture to create something decidedly twenty-first century. Much of Pfeiffer's work explores the relations between race, religion, commerce, art and philosophy.