Pfaff in Albany, Pfeiffer in Berlin

Judy Pfaff, “Year of the Dog” (2008). Courtesy Tandem Press.

The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York inaugurated its new art gallery at the Massry Center for the Arts this past weekend with a one-person exhibition by Season 4 artist Judy Pfaff. Judy Pfaff: Paperworks, Year of the Dog, Pig, Rat, Etc. contains a recent series of small, delicate drawings juxtaposed with large-scale works on paper of varied motifs and prints based on the Chinese New Year that the artist produced at Tandem Press earlier this year.

Paul Pfeiffer, Cross Hall, 2008. Courtesy Carlier | Gebauer.

Across the Atlantic, Paul Pfeiffer also recently opened an exhibition at Carlier | Gebauer in Berlin. The Season 2 artist is premiering two new videos plus Live from Neverland, a creepy “Michael Jackson choirlogue” work finished in 2006. Caryatid (Red, Yellow, Blue) and Cross Hall (both 2008) are video pieces that explore surveillance culture and examines their origins. Typical of Pfeiffer’s ingenuity and sophistication, the latter confronts audiences with live transmission of footage from two surveillance cameras, projected to cover an entire wall. An empty passageway is recorded from the end of a neo-classical corridor, and from a room adjacent to that corridor. Behind the surface onto which the images are projected is a diorama, a model of the imposing corridor, which audiences can only see through a peephole. The actual space remains concealed while the perspective of the surveillance camera defines visible reality and constructs it through the projection.

Judy Pfaff: Paperworks, Year of the Dog, Pig, Rat, Etc. runs through November 9th and Paul Pfeiffer through October 11th.