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Sunset flash



Paul Pfeiffer

United States of America

1966 –

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  • Details

    Media categories
    Time-based art , Installation , Film
    Materials used
    16mm film, colour, sound, 16mm looping projector
    1/3 [edition of 3 + 2 AP]
    duration: 00:30:00 min continuous loop :

    b - projector display unit, 56.5 x 116.5 x 38 cm

    Signature & date

    Signed u.l. Certificate of authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen "Paul Pfeiffer". Not dated.

    Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by the John Kaldor Family Collection 2021
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Paul Pfeiffer
    Artist information
    Paul Pfeiffer

    Works in the collection


  • About

    American artist Paul Pfeiffer works across the mediums of film, video, photography and sculpture and is well known for his digitally manipulated found footage of sporting events, concerts or Hollywood films, often presented on tiny monitors.

    'Sunset flash' is a 16mm film that is shown on a looping projector. The whirr of the projector and its elaborate, sculptural form are important qualities of the artwork. The film takes the form of a ‘home movie’ and documents the artist’s extended family posing for a group portrait. A skyline of bobbing heads is just visible, silhouetted against the sky as family members come and go until just one remains.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • Jeffrey Kastner’, Artforum, ‘Paul Pfeiffer GAGOSIAN GALLERY/THE PROJECT, New York, Mar 2005.

    • Roberta Smith, The New York Times, 'ART IN REVIEW; Paul Pfeiffer - 'Pirate Jenny'', New York, 17 Dec 2004.

Other works by Paul Pfeiffer

See all 6 works