Paul Pfeiffer: Caryatids

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    Paul Pfeiffer. Video still from 'Caryatid (Pacquiao),' 2015. Digital video loop. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Perrotin.

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    Paul Pfeiffer. 'Caryatids,' 2016.

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May 27, 2016 - September 11, 2016
Honolulu Museum of Art


Exhibition Overview

Paul Pfeiffer is internationally known for his video, photographic, installation, and sculptural works. This exhibition draws from Caryatids, his series of video/sculptural works in which Pfeiffer appropriates moving-image sequences of boxers being punched in slow motion, digitally altering them so the attacking opponent is erased, leaving the receiver of the blows alone in the spotlight, body twisting and crumpling as it is hit again and again by an invisible force.

In 2015, the United States Artists (USA) awarded Pfeiffer its prestigious Shari D. Behnke Fellowship in Visual Arts, and referred to him as “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…Pfeiffer adopts today’s frenetic visual language in order to explore our culture’s obsession with spectacle.”

Born in Honolulu in 1966, Pfeiffer spent most of his childhood in the Philippines. Pfeiffer is now based in New York. He was included in the 2000 Whitney Biennial and won the inaugural Bucksbaum Award. His most recent one-person exhibitions were at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (2010); and Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila (2015).

To learn more about Carayatids, check out Paul Pfeiffer's interview on the museum blog.