Cedar Mesa, Utah #2
Archival Pigment Print
13 x 19 inches
Metamorphoses de la Terra Series
BIO: John Pfahl is a prominent Buffalo-based photographer who has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. He received his B.F.A. from Syracuse University’s School of Art in 1961, and his M.A. from its S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 1968. During the past 35 years, he has exhibited both independently and in groups at galleries including Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, George Eastman House, National Gallery of Canada, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Janet Borden Gallery, and White Wall Gallery (Seoul, S. Korea). His art is held in numerous public and corporate collections including Chicago Art Institute, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Center for Creative Photography, Chicago Art Institute, LA County Museum, National Gallery of Canada, Whitney Museum of Modern Art, and First Niagara Bank. Pfahl has received two separate Photographer’s Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. John Pfahl is represented locally by Nina Freudenheim Gallery. www.johnpfahl.com
STATEMENT: Echoing my series Altered Landscapes from the 1970s, my latest series of photographs embraces the digital age. The concept of Métamorphoses de la Terre came to me while reviewing some pictures of lava formations surrounding a Hawaiian volcano that I took in 1993, but never printed. The flow-patterned, hard basalt landscapes prompted me to experiment with my computer to simulate accelerated geological forces of nature. What was formerly liquid and then solidified, magically, through these ministrations, became liquid once again.