March 12, 2002
Legendary artists installs herself at CSUS
the Festival of the Arts Calendar
Judy Pfaff's work has been exhibited worldwide in major museums
and galleries including the Museum of Modern Art in New York
and the Whitney Museum. Now she brings her art to California
State University, Sacramento as part of the 10th annual Festival
of the Arts, April 4 - 14.
Pfaff adopts images, materials and rhythms from specific locations
for her environmental installations. She incorporates her
surroundings into each piece. "After I have been someplace,
I think, 'Oh good, now how can I do something about what I
see here,'" Pfaff says.
A pioneer of site-specific installations, Pfaff has continuously
redefined the art form. "You have to have the ability
to keep coming back every day and keep solving problems. I
mean, to get fluid systems, structural systems, to get things
that still are visual and are able to be understood and pulled
apart, you have to have a funny sort of clear mind."
Drawing on many modern traditions - futurism, constructivism,
cubism, surrealism, abstract expressionism - Pfaff's work
is distinctive because she builds environments that respond
to the installation's surrounding architecture. She translates
the illusionism of painting and drawing into three dimensions,
creating works that are shaped by manufactured and natural
"A finished piece always feels like evidence to me, summations
of what I've been thinking about. They look organic, but there
is a hell of a lot of fitting going on," she says.
For the month of April, Pfaff will set up a studio at CSUS
in Kadema 113 where she will create a new installation. Everyone
is invited to stop by and watch her work from 6 -8 p.m., Friday,
April 26th and she will also give a slide presentation and
lecture at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 4.
For more information about CSUS 10th annual Festival of the
Arts please call the CSUS School of the Arts at 278-2787.
For ticketed festival events call the CSUS Ticket Office at
Festival of the Arts Calendar
For further information, send an e-mail
public affairs at (916) 278-6156. For ticketed events, call
the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323.
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