Paul Pfeiffer (American, b.1966) is a Contemporary sculptor, photographer, and video artist who often uses found footage in his installment pieces. Pfeiffer was born in Honolulu, HI, but spent most of his childhood in the Philippines. He earned a BFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute before moving to New York, NY, in 1990. In New York, he received an MFA from Hunter College. Pfeiffer also took part in the Whitney Independent Study program. Pfeiffer's innovative work in sculpture, video, and photography incorporates recent computer technology to investigate the role society and the media play in shaping our awareness.

One of Pfeiffer's better-known works is Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (2000). For this piece, Pfeiffer took found footage (footage taken by another artist) of a basketball game. He digitally removed all the players on the floor with the exception of one. This way, the viewer is forced to focus more intensely on that one player and perhaps can take note of the activity going on beyond the court. Usually presented on small LCD screens, Pfeiffer's video work urges the viewer to focus on obsession with celebrity by removing the celebrity and forcing one to look beyond it at the things that would have been missed. Another of his well-known works is Live From Neverland (2007), a two-part installation in which Pfeiffer took Michael Jackson's 2003 press conference and removed his voice, replacing it with 80 children singing Jackson's dialogue. Pfeiffer's sculpture work includes miniature dioramas of sets from the movies Exorcist and The Amityville Horror. These make up a series entitled Scenes of Horror.

Pfeiffer is represented by Thomas Dane in London, UK. His work is also displayed at the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York, NY, and he is also represented by Carleir Gebauer in Berlin, Germany. In 2000, Pfeiffer was a recipient of the inaugural Bucksbaum Award, given by the Whitney Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY. A retrospective of his work was organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's List Visual Arts Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art, in Chicago in 2003. In 2002, Pfeiffer was an artist in residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and ArtPlace in San Antonio, TX. Pfieffer currently lives and works in New York, NY.

Timeline

1966
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii
1987
BFA, San Francisco Art Institute
1993
Travel Grant Pilot, National Endowment for the Arts and Arts International
1994
MFA, Hunter College, New York City
1994–1995
Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship to the Philippines
1997–1998
Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program
1999–2000
The Public Art Fund
2000
The Bucksbaum Award, The Whitney Museum, New York, NY
2003
Artpace Residency, San Antonio, TX
Lives and works in New York City

Exhibitions

2011
Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany
2009
PAUL PFEIFFER | The Saints, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2008
MUSAC- Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, Leon, Spain (solo)
2008
Thomas Dane Gallery, London, United Kingdom (solo)
2008
Carlier l Gebauer, Germany (solo)
2008
Reconstitutions, Reenactments, DHC/Art Montreal
2008
Ghost in the Machine, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
2008
Biennale of Sydney, Australia
2008
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
2007–2008
Passage du temps / Collection Francois Pinault Foundation, Tri Postal, Lille, France
2007
Julia Stoschek Collection, Duesseldorf, Germany
2007
Live from Neverland, The Project, New York, NY (solo)
2007
Jerusalem, ArtAngel, London, United Kingdom (projected) (solo)
2007
Carlier l Gebauer, Germany (solo)
2007
Thomas Dane Gallery, London, United Kingdom (solo)
2007
Automatic Update, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2007
The Saints, ArtAngel, London, United Kingdom (solo)
2006
Paul Pfeiffer, MC Kunst, Los Angeles (solo)
2006
Choosing my religion, Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland
2006
Meditations in an Emergency, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI
2006
The Gold Standard, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY
2006
Fantastic Frameworks, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
2006
Full House: Views of the Whitney's Collection at 75, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2006
The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture: 60 Years, Colby College, Waterville, ME
2006
Strange Powers, Creative Time, New York, NY
2006
Time Frame, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY
2006
IAMNOWHERE, Center for Curatorial Studies Museum at Bard College, curated by Erica Hope Fisher
2006
You Never Walk Alone: Football and Fan Culture, The O.K. Center for Contemporary Art Linz, Austria
2006
Home Productions, Singapore Art Museum, Republic of Singapore
2006
Swarm, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
2006
Superstars, Kunstalle Wein, Vienna
2005
Rundlederwelten, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
2005
Honolulu to New York, The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center Honolulu, HI
2005
Manipulations, Centro Cultural Chacao, Caracas, Venezuela Blur of the Otherworldly: Contemporary Art, Technology and the Paranormal, Center for Art and Visual Culture, UMBC, Baltimore, MD
2005
Pirate Jenny, Carlier l Gebauer, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2005
Museum of Art, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT (solo)
2005
Girls on Film, Zwirner & Wirth, New York, NY
2005
marking time: moving images, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
2005
Logical Conclusions: 40 Years of Rule-Based Art, PaceWildenstein, New York, NY
2005
Getting Emotional, ICA, Boston, MA
2005
Faces in the Crowd - Picturing Modern Life from Manet to Today, Castello Rivoli, Turin, Italy
2005
Log Cabin, Artist Space, New York, NY
2005
CUT: Film as Found Object in Contemporary Video, the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa OK, Milwaukee Art Museum
2004
Faces in the Crowd - Picturing Modern Life from Manet to Today, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2004
CUT: Film as Found Object in Contemporary Video, North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
2004
Contested Fields: Identity in Sports and Spectacle, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
2004
Pirate Jenny, The Project, New York, NY (solo)
2004
Pirate Jenny, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2004
Thomas Dane Limited, London, United Kingdom (solo)
2004
K 21 Kunstsammlung, Dusseldorf, Germany (solo)
2004
Melina Mercouri Center, Athens, Greece (solo)
2004
Modern Means: Continuity and Change in Art, 1880 to the Present, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2004
Eclipse Towards the edge of the visible, White Cube, London, United Kingdom
2004
Phantasmagoria Butler Museum of American Arts Beecher Center of Art and Technology, Youngstown, OH
2004
Size Matters, Independent Curators International, New York, NY
2004
10 Commandments, Hygiene Museum, Dresden, Germany
2003
Cairo Biennial 2003, The Palace of Fine Art, Cairo, Egypt
2003
100 Artists See God, Independent Curators International, New York, NY (touring USA)
2003
Black Belt, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
2003
Fast Forward – Media Art, Sammlung Goetz ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
2003
A Simple Plan, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
2003
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI (solo)
2003
Morning After the Deluge, Carlier l Gebauer, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2003
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (solo)
2003
Gio Marconi, Milan, Italy (solo)
2003
List Visual Art Centre, MIT, Cambridge, MA, catalogue. (traveling) (solo)
2003
The Moderns, Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy
2003
Graz 2003 (As Heavy as the Heavens), Graz, Austria
2003
Losing It, Fenton Gallery, Cork, Ireland
2003
American Dream, Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY
2002
Out of Place, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
2002
Pictures, Greene Naftali, New York, NY
2002
The Beach, Winsor on Vero Beach, Florida
2002
Tempo, Museum of Modern Art , New York, NY
2002
Busan Biennale, Busan, Korea
2002
One Hand Clapping, Smackmelon, Brooklyn, NY
2001
Sex Machine, The Project, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2001
Orpheus Descending, Public Art Fund, World Trade & Financial Centers, New York, NY (solo)
2001
Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland (solo)
2001
Barbican Art Centre, London, UK (solo)
2001
UCLA Hammer, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2001
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (solo)
2001
49th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2001
Bitstreams, The Whitney Museum, New York, NY
2001
Casino 2001, SMAK, Gent, Belgium
2001
The Americans, Barbican Arts Centre, London, UK
2001
Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
2001
Hypermental, Kunsthaus Zurich, Hamburger Kunsthalle
2001
Race in Digital Space, MIT List Visual Art Center, MIT, Cambridge, MA
2000
The Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum, New York, NY
2000
Greater New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York,NY
2000
Hypermental, Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland (traveling)
2000
The Project, New York, NY (solo)
2000
Kunst-Werke, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2000
Duke University Museum of Art, Raleigh-Durham, NC (with Romuald Hazoumé) (solo)
2000
Extraordinary Realities, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
1999
Tete de Turkois, The Project, New York, NY
1999
A Place Called Lovely, Greene Naftali, New York, NY
1999
Hocus Focus: New Video, Rare Gallery, New York, NY
1998
warming, The Project, New York, NY
1998
At Home and Abroad: 21 Contemporary Filipino Artists, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA (traveling)
1998
The Pure Products Go Crazy, The Project, New York, NY (solo)
1997
The Pure Products Go Crazy, Cendrillon, New York, NY (solo)
1997
Memories of Over-development: Philippine Diaspora in Contemporary Art, Plug In Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
1997
Travel Size, City College, New York, NY
1997
Fermented, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
1996
Neighbors, Boom Gallery, Honolulu, HI
1996
Memories of Overdevelopment: Philippine Diaspora in Contemporary Art, UC Irvine Art Gallery, CA
1995
In a Different Light, UC Berkeley Museum, Berkeley, CA(catalogue)
1995
Pervert, UC Irvine Art Gallery, CA(catalogue)
1995
14 Artist: Sugod sa Katapusan, End House Art Center, Dumaguete City, Philippines
1994
Extreme Unction Market Gallery, London, England: Curated by Shaheen Merali/Panchayat
1994
Reframing a Heritage, University Of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawaii
1994
Stonewalls, 494 Gallery, New York, NY
1994
Santo Niño Incarnate, Colonial House Inn, New York, NY (solo)
1993
Survival of the Innocents, Art In General, New York, NY (window installation) (solo)
1993
Artists Space, New York, NY (catalogue)
1993
Kayumanggi Presence, Academy of Art, Honolulu, HI
1992
Altars, Divinations and Icons, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
1992
Day Without Art, Lehman College Art Gallery, New York, NY; slide installation organized by Visual Aids and the Asian and Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS
1992
Made in America: Remembering Vincent Chin, Art In General, New York, NY
1991
Dismantling Invisibility: Asian Americans Respond to the AIDS Crisis, Art In General, New York, NY