Long before we learned to Boomerang on Instagram, American artist Paul Pfeiffer has been manipulating and looping video clips since the early 2000s. Known for the videos The Long Count (Rumble in the Jungle) and Fragments of a Crucifixion (after Francis Bacon), Pfeiffer carefully edits found sports footage — often from NBA games and boxing matches —to reveal the disturbing desires underlying sports spectatorship and our consumption of mass entertainment. Pfeiffer’s latest exhibition at London’s Thomas Dane Gallery runs until 15 July 2017 and features earlier pioneering works, as well as recent additions to the ongoing series Caryatids and Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. By drawing our focus to the cult of the arena, the exhibit unpacks the interplay of race, gender, celebrity and religion within professional sports. Check out Thomas Dane Gallery for more information.
Paul Pfeiffer at Thomas Dane Gallery
7 June — 15 July 2017
11 Duke Street St. James’s