Paul Pfeiffer (American, b.1966) is a Contemporary sculptor, photographer, and video artist who often uses found footage in his installment pieces. Pfeiffer was born in Honolulu, HI, but spent most of his childhood in the Philippines. He earned a BFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute before moving to New York, NY, in 1990. In New York, he received an MFA from Hunter College. Pfeiffer also took part in the Whitney Independent Study program. Pfeiffer’s innovative work in sculpture, video, and photography incorporates recent computer technology to investigate the role society and the media play in shaping our awareness.
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a series from the early 2000s to 2018 in which artist Paul Pfeiffer digitally erases specific details from photographs in order to create stunning, yet eerie visuals of professional basketball players. In each image, Pfeiffer digitally manipulates photographs from professional basketball games by erasing all evidence of other players, lines on the court, names and numbers on the player’s jersey, the ball, and all other contextual details that give insight into what is occurring. After erasing all these aspects in the photographs, one single player remains with lights shining on them and an audience intently watching. Raising the player to iconic status and yet curiously mutating the subject by removing the context in which his presence and actions are meaningful. Taken to its logical extent Pfeiffer in ay the end of his sequence of works removes even the player himself producing the bank void whose meaning is its absolute lack.