Paul Pfeiffer | Thomas Dane Gallery
Thomas Dane №11 Duke Street presents a solo exhibition by Paul Pfeiffer, the first to have taken place in London to date. It is perhaps for this reason that we are offered a comprehensive view of both his earlier ground breaking works and his most recent creations. The gallery has given its audience an insiders view into the world of Pfeiffer and his views on our glorifying culture through the mediums of video, photography and projection.
Pfeiffer is a Hawaiian born American artist and this is somewhat reflected in his work with its content being focused on American sports and the stadiums built to accommodate these great theatrical scenes of heroism. In the backroom we are presented with Long Count, a series from the early two thousands, primarily it is not the content of the art that stands out but rather the way in which it is presented to us. Screens only four inches in size confront us due to their lengthy supports that protrude out of the wall and enter into our space.
The screens repeat clips taken from three of Mohammed Ali’s fights, yet Ali is not present, his shadow is and as a result the viewer is forced to focus on the atmosphere and antics the crowd are creating, an aspect of our culture that the artists finds most interesting.
However, it is only next-door in the front room that Pfeiffer’s metallic and somewhat elongated televisions focus on a single fighter. For his series of Caryatids he has carefully selected scenes of boxing where world famous fighters such as Manny Pacquiao are being beaten aggressively by there opponents, only that their opponents are not visible and instead we are left to focus on this beating. The series seems to make reference to some sort of gladiator through the combination of the stadium and the heightened violence of the highly acclaimed sport called boxing.
The content of the exhibition is gripping and by all means interesting and incase one was in need of further persuasion to attend, the gallery has curated it most appropriately and as a result a stimulating and fascinating show is presented with many of Pfeiffer’s most renowned works on view.