Episode #158: Filmed in 2006 at her upstate New York home and during the installation of "Buckets of Rain" (2006) in New York City, Judy Pfaff discusses the emotional and creative journey she goes on while conceptualizing, making, and ultimately looking back at her installations. Pfaff, who begins creating with a sense of what she wants her work to feel like but with very few concrete ideas, relies upon unplanned elements to enter the art so that she herself is surprised with the results.
Balancing intense planning with improvisational decision-making, Judy Pfaff creates exuberant, sprawling sculptures and installations that weave landscape, architecture, and synthetic color into a tense yet organic whole. A pioneer of installation art in the 1970s, Pfaff synthesizes sculpture, painting, and architecture into dynamic environments in which space seems to expand and collapse, fluctuating between two and three dimensions.
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CREDITS: Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Susan Sollins. Camera: Joel Shapiro. Sound: Judy Karp & Merce Williams. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: Judy Pfaff. Special Thanks: Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe. Theme Music: Peter Foley.