Judy Pfaff  

Constructed Paper

Judy Pfaff’s exhibition, Constructed Paper, comprises recent large-scale low-relief cut paper constructions. Some are as large as eight feet by eight feet. These collage-like pieces create their own worlds, as if to compress the room-sized installations for which she is best known into depths of about five inches. Although her work defies literal interpretation, many of the constructions seem to reflect upon the natural world in all its beauty and terrifying instability. The exhibition also includes elaborate prints created at Tandem Press at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Born in London in 1946, Pfaff lives and works in New York City and the mid-Hudson Valley. She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2004 and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters this year. She is the Richard B. Fisher Professor of the Arts, Milton Avery Distinguished Professor of Art and co-director, studio program at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Her work is included in many collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, The High Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo. One of her sculptures can be viewed currently at the Cincinnati Art Museum in the gallery devoted to contemporary art.

 

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Year of the Dog #5, 2008
Woodblock, digital with hand painting
Edition of 20, 7/20
36 x 84 inches
Framed: 45.25 x 92.5 inches

Untitled #6, 2008
Etching, relief, digital, collage, hand punching
Edition of 50: 3/50
Image size: 10.5 x 14.5 inches
Framed: 18.5 x 23 inches

Year of the Dog #9, 2008
Woodblock, digital with hand painting
Edition of 20, 10/20
36 x 84 inches
Framed: 45.75 x 92.75 inches
Untitled #9, 2008
Etching, relief, digital, hand punching
Edition of 40, 3/40
Image size: 10.5 x 14.5 inches
Framed: 18.5 x 23 inches
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Untitled #5, 2008
Etching, relief, digital, collage, hand punching
Edition of 30, 3/30
Image size: 10.5 x 14.5 inches
Framed: 18.5 x 23 inches
Year of the Dog #10, 2008
Woodblock, digital with hand painting
Edition of 20, 18/20
Image size: 38.5 x 86.5 inches
Framed: 45.5 x 92.5 inches
Untitled #8, 2008
Etching, relief, digital, hand punching
Edition of 40, 3/40
Image size: 10.5 x 14.5 inches
Framed: 18.5 x 23 inches
Living with Shade, 2008
Layered and cut paper, black aluminum foil, fishing floats, artificial flowers, spray paint
Framed: 46.75 x 64.75 x 6.75 in.
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Nature does not knock, 2008
Folded/perforated Crown Kozo
paper, ink, dyed coffee filters, wire, branch, plastic
Framed: 91 x 91 x 5 inches
dust to dust, 2008
Layered and cut paper, plastic, wire, coffee filters, ink, silk flowers
Framed: 49 x 95.5 x 4 inches
I Dwell in Possibility (Dickinson), 2008
Layered paper, newsprint, joss, Hosho and oaktag, aluminum foil, dye, shellac, ink, leaves
Framed: 48 x 95.75 x 6.75 in.
Untitled, 2008
Folded/perforated Crown Kozo paper, silk flowers, wire, rattan, ink
Framed: 48 x 96 x 5 inches
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Esopus, 2008
Layered, perforated and cut paper, wire,
dried gourds, ink
Framed: 91 x 91 x 5 inches
Turkey Hill, 2009
Cut and layered paper, wire, silk flowers, coffee filters, ink
Framed: 48.75 x 48.75 x 5 inches
Untitled #3, 2006
Black aluminum foil, encaustic, shellac, burnt/perforated paper, ink on paper
Framed: 93 x 49.5 x 4 inches