Falling Oranges, Lutz, Florida
February 1977 (2013)
8 x 10 inches
Altered Landscape 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: Pfahl’s Altered Landscapes series (1974-78), exemplifies his methodical and conceptual approach by physically transforming the landscape with the placement of various objects. Pfhal uses a plethora of materials, including colored lines, spheres, aluminum foil, and even oranges to play up the relationship of the three-dimensional outer world within the two-dimensional picture plane. He does not simply transcribe the forces of nature, but instead interprets it.