New York

Paul Pfeiffer

The Project

A SMASH AT BOTH the Whitney Biennial and P.S. 1's “Greater New York” and the inaugural recipient of the Whitney's Bucksbaum Award, Paul Pfeiffer is on everybody's shortlist of discoveries. Expectations were predictably high for his first solo exhibition since last spring's double triumph—but the results were mixed. Like any artist. when Pfeiffer is mediocre, he's mediocre. Unlike most, however, when he's good, he's brilliant.

The show opened with an oversize bathtub installed complete with tiled walls, plastic curtain, and running shower (all works 2000). The 1:1% scale brought on a pleasant sense of dislocation, but the tub was surrounded by a metal superstructure that interrupted the viewer's physical engagement with the work and diminished the effect of the enlargement. Cameras mounted on this armature fed black-and-white close-ups of the shower's interior to a split-screen monitor

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