Photo by Maddie Cordoba
In its deadpan, sometimes bizarre, depictions of the everyday, Laura Pfeffer’s work deals with the emptiness of consumerism and the American lifestyle. Artist Ian Cooper once wrote of Laura’s “sense of humor and the way [she] filters dark pathos through the dregs of pop culture.”
While preparing for her senior thesis, Laura slept next to a pile of compost made from the food scraps of her loved ones. She primarily works in video and often incorporates found footage from YouTube into her work. Using video fragments of other people’s lives allows her to simultaneously communicate feelings of alienation and community, and of distance and yearning. She recommends saving seeds in preparation for the impending apocalypse.
Laura Pfeffer will receive her BFA in 2016 from NYU with a concentration in video. She has shown her work at Kimmel Windows and miLES pop-up Gallery in New York and has a showing coming up at 80WSE. Additionally, she has shown work at The Vex in Los Angeles and at St. Agnes Cathedral in Berlin. Laura co-curated Milieu with Autumn Hamra in The Commons Gallery in 2013. She also hosts a weekly music show on WNYU 89.1 FM and is their Publicity Director.