The Fussy Eye: Endless Summer

If you want a reprieve from the heat, holiday traffic, and Bumbershoot throngs, the Frye offers a calming, Zen-like video for 20 minutes of contemplation. This is the final weekend to see Morning After the Deluge, by New York artist Paul Pfeiffer, a digital composite of a sunrise and sunset with the same wavering orange orb fixed in the middle of the frame, the horizon slowly shifting behind it.

Time, in a sense, is suspended from the natural order. Earth and sun are on hiatus from their usual orbital dispute. Sunrises and sunsets are the original, ancient metaphors for birth, death, and the cycles of life, yet it’s by the latest technological means that Pfeiffer puts them into pause—as if pointing a remote control at the heavens. And at summer’s end, who doesn’t want to halt the cosmos? The kids crave more vacation before school begins; we hope for an Indian summer next month; but the shortening days spell gloom for us all. Opposite the video, the Frye has positioned 14 paintings aligned on the same fixed horizon line, with all the seasons represented.

Here come fall and winter; I prefer to stare at Pfeiffer’s sun. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., 622-9250, fryemuseum.org. Free. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed.–Sun. (Open until 7 p.m. Thurs.) Ends Sept. 1.

 
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