Image of "Compost Pile" (December 27, 1992), Ektacolor photograph by John Pfahl on flyer for "Decompositions" (2000) exhibition. Image courtesy of the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives.
On View Saturday, September 9–Sunday, November 5, 2000
John Pfahl and David Weiss collaborated on an exhibition of thirteen Ektacolor photographs with fourteen poems that were inspired by them. Pfahl’s photographs are large, colorful semi-abstractions of his backyard compost pile taken at various times of the year, and include watermelon rinds, bean pods, ginko leaves and other organic materials in various stages of decay. Weiss’ poems deal with mortality, love, time and other large and small issues—each in a different format. Some are formal and dense; some are like haiku; and others like concrete poetry.
John Pfahl is an internationally renowned photographer living inBuffalo. David Weiss is a writer and poet living inIthacaand teaching atHobartandWilliamSmithCollege. This exhibition was curated by Mark Jones, professor atHobartandWilliamSmithCollege, where the exhibition premiered in April 1999. John Pfahl made a slide presentation and David Weiss gave a poetry reading, followed by a reception for the artists: Sunday, September 17, 2000, 2-5 p.m. Also, the Nina Freudenheim Gallery presented a coordinating exhibition, John Pfahl, Extreme Horticulture, September 9 - October 6, 2000.