Julia Pfeiffer

Maria Stenfors, London 27 February - 6 April

By Martin Herbert

Animal Vessel (Figure of the Thinkable) 2013.

Julia Pfeiffer’s show ends on a messy note: a wall entirely smeared with clay. Peeking through cracks in the blistering grey gunk, patches of warmly coloured underpainting glimmer with potentiality. Preceding this are 11 ceramic works and four c-prints; but Figures of the Thinkable (titled after a book by Greek/French theorist Cornelius Castoriadis) could be telescoped down to that feat of clay. The Berlin-based artist’s work exists simultaneously in the anterior, posterior and present: something has happened that speaks of…

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