In Another Life

In Another Life investigates the body within its surroundings. Particular attention is paid to ways bodies merge with their environment. Hair falls out, skin “dies” and sheds, saliva is flushed away, shadows appear and disappear, fingerprints are pressed into whatever they touch. Do these traces actually leave a mark of a named individual? Or, when do names become irrelevant and these materials become fully absorbed into the world? At what point can a body become separate from the landscape, or are they always merged to some degree? Is that dandruff on the flatbed scanner “dead” and is it still “me?”

Influenced by moments in zombie films that occur before the word “zombie” is introduced, this work creates images of figures on the verge of recognition or legibility. In many zombie narratives a the notion of home shifts from geographic labels and enclosing structures to the human body itself. Building from these narratives, these works examine the fortification, or lack thereof, of the body’s parameters.

In the works entitled Ancestral Palimpsest, George Pfau and Josh Hagler collaborated to create a body of layered “Pfaugler” prints as a way of engaging with the artistic touch of dead relatives. While digging through family archives, both of artists discovered significant figurative drawings by relatives of whom they have little or no memory. Some of the imagery chosen comes from a drawing by architect, Clarence Mayhew (George’s grandfather), of figures at the base of Notre Dame Cathedral.

  • Whispering Beast (rising / guided) 
    HD Video, dimensions variable
    Videography: Kristina Willemse.

  • Selected, limited, guided by a master plan

    Zombie architecture, unbounded home
    H: 40 in. x W: 30 in. Ink, Paper, also, H: 15 in. x W: 11 in.Letterpress Print (Nick Hurd, WASP)

  • Zombie Maison (Night of the Living Dead)
    H: 35 in. x W: 14 in. Ink, Linen
    (An homage to Louise Bourgeois)

  • Home (less)
    H: 10 in. x W: 10 in. Ink, Paper/p>

  • Zombie form of continuity in space (Lucio Fulci)

    Zombie form of continuity in space (Lucio Fulci)
    H: 40 in. x W: 30 in. Ink, Acrylic, Canvas
    (An homage to Umberto Boccioni)

  • Zombie form of continuity in space (anatomy)

    Zombie form of continuity in space (anatomy)
    H: 40 in. x W: 30 in. Ink, Acrylic, Canvas
    (An homage to Umberto Boccioni)

  • Self Replacing Body Trace (Pores)
    Dimensions Variable, Archival Inkjet Print

  • Self Replacing Body Trace (Froth)

    Self Replacing Body Trace (Froth)
    Dimensions Variable, Archival Inkjet Print

  • Self Replacing Body Trace (Slough)

    Self Replacing Body Trace (Slough)
    Dimensions Variable, Archival Inkjet Print

  • Self Replacing Body Trace (Meniscus)

    Self Replacing Body Trace (Meniscus)
    Dimensions Variable, Archival Inkjet Print

  • Body Barrier

    Body Barrier
    H: 40 in. x W: 30 in. Ink, Acrylic, Fabric

  • Ancestral Palimpsest Frame

    Ancestral Palimpsest Frame
    H: 14″ x W: 11″ Pfaugler Print: Ink on transparency.
    (with Josh Hagler)

  • Ancestral Palimpsest Frame
    H: 14″ x W: 11″ Pfaugler Print: Ink on transparency.
    (with Josh Hagler)

  • Ancestral Palimpsest Frame
    H: 14″ x W: 11″ Pfaugler Print: Ink on transparency.
    (with Josh Hagler)

  • Ancestral Palimpsest Frame
    H: 14″ x W: 11″ Pfaugler Print: Ink on transparency.
    (with Josh Hagler)

  • Ancestral Palimpsest Frame
    H: 14″ x W: 11″ Pfaugler Print: Ink on transparency.
    (with Josh Hagler)

  • Ancestral Palimpsest Frame
    H: 14″ x W: 11″ Pfaugler Print: Ink on transparency.
    (with Josh Hagler)

  • Sea and Land
    H: 2 in. x W: 2 in. Ink, Paper
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