Run Amok / Second Nature
Loretta Howard Gallery / Pavel Zoubok Gallery
525-531 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001
September 18 – November 15, 2014
Loretta Howard and Pavel Zoubok have just opened concurrent exhibitions by artist Judy Pfaff at their next-door Chelsea galleries. Pfaff, perhaps best known for large, dense, mixed media constructions and installations, presents two exhibitions exemplifying distinctly different longterm pursuits and directions in her work.
For Run Amok, installed at Loretta Howard Gallery, included works play off of the gallery’s history with color field painting and geometric abstraction. A few large installations—like the hanging metal frames and sculptural masses that make up There is a Field, I Will Meet You There (Rumi)—are accompanied by an assortment of wall-mounted sculptures.
Second Nature, at Pavel Zoubok Gallery, exemplifies Pfaff’s exploration of the visual representation of nature and landscape. In works like Belle Starr/Blue Duck—a massive, gleaming construction with all the beauty and grime of real natural forms, but with the added beauty and grime of highly processed, industrial materials—Pfaff presents delightfully contemporary depictions of natural materials and systems. Also on view at Pavel Zoubok, the monumental Let Sixteen Cowboys Sing Me a Song—a sculptural installation seemingly emerged from unfamiliar waters, perhaps with some tinkering by an aquatic Robert Rauschenberg on the way up—is truly not to be missed.
The exhibitions remain on view through November 15.