PRINT Summer 1986


The Arc of a Diver—Judy Pfaff.

JUDY PFAFF'S WORK IS like an opera in which everyone gets to sing an aria. Instead of sticking to the hierarchical picture plane, her installations and reliefs stretch it, bend it, twist it. Through the seams, cracks, and fissures, Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism slide into each other’s universe in a way that opens up a new, phantasmagoric space for us to enter.

Enter Here, the viewer must surrender attachments to terms such as abstraction and figuration, hard-edged and atmospheric, dissonance and rhythm, found and invented. Here, sculpture and painting, separated for so long, see and touch each other in an accumulation of brushstrokes and planes, where two and three dimensions, color and air, burst through one another. Half spheres, Oat planes, negative space, and tubular circumferences overlap, intersect, and spiral. Order and chaos inform each other until we are

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