John Pfahl is attuned to ivy


In calling his new series “ivy wall drawings,” artist/photographer John Pfahl refers to the appearance of the plant rather than to his choice of media.


Pfahl has been spotting beautiful and unusual configurations of ivy (mainly Parthenocissus tricuspidata, or Boston ivy) all over Buffalo. The wall-covering plants create forms that can resemble animals, humans, or even cartoons. Pfahl has been photographing the ivy since last summer and has made prints in both black and white and color. Visit the exhibition to see for yourself the stunning and surreal beauty such a common plant can attain—especially when interpreted by a master of landscape photography.


John Pfahl: Ivy Wall Drawings is on view September 6–October 16 at Nina Freudenheim Gallery, 140 North Street, with an opening reception September 6, 6–8 p.m.




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