The inspiration for the 'Métamorphoses' photographs by John Pfahl, came whilst he was reviewing pictures of lava formations he had taken in Hawaii in 1993 but had never printed. The flow-patterns in the hard basalt landscapes prompted him to experiment with his computer to simulate accelerated geological forces of nature. What was formerly liquid and then solidified, through his ministrations, appeared like liquid once more.
Pfahl went on to review some thirty years' worth of negatives and transparencies made intermittently while working on other projects in the deserts of the American Southwest. Many of the landscapes photographed were formed over long periods of time by the forces of nature. Multiple layers of limestone, sandstone and mudstone deposited by vast inland seas over the millennia were sculpted by wind and water into an aggregation of different shapes, textures and colours. Pfahl has then digitally altered the images, manipulating and enhancing the natural lay of the land.
Pfahl was born in New York in 1939. His work is in numerous collections throughout the USA and has exhibited widely, most recently at The Speed Art Museum, Louisville. This is his first solo exhibition in the UK.
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