Paul Laffoley

The Force Structure of the Mystical Experience, 2015 

Installation Image

Kent Fine Art, New York

Paul Laffoley

The Force Structure of the Mystical Experience, 2015 

Installation Image

Kent Fine Art, New York

Paul Laffoley

The Force Structure of the Mystical Experience, 2015 

Installation Image

Kent Fine Art, New York

Paul Laffoley

THE CITY CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE, 1962

Oil, acrylic, and hand applied vinyl letters on canvas

24 X 48 in. / 70 × 122 cm.

 

price upon request

Paul Laffoley

WHY IS THERE SOMETHING RATHER THAN NOTHING?, 1964

Oil and mixed media on canvas

48 × 52 in. / 121.9 x 132.08 cm. 

 

price upon request

Paul Laffoley

RUDOLF STEINER, 1965

Oil and acrylic on canvas

51 1/2 × 51 1/2 in. / 130.8 × 130.8 cm.

 

price upon request

Paul Laffoley

THE VISIONARY POINT, 1970

Oil, acrylic, ink, and hand applied vinyl letters on canvas

73 1/2 × 73 1/2 in. / 185.4 × 185.4 cm.

 

price upon request

Paul Laffoley

THE GATE OF BRAHMAN: THE COSMIC OCTAVE, 1971

Oil, acrylic, and hand applied Vinyl letters on canvas

98 × 48 in. / 248.9 x 121.9 cm. 

 

price upon request

Paul Laffoley

HOMAGE TO KIESLER, 1968

Oil, acrylic, ink, and hand applied vinyl letters on canvas

37 1/2 × 37 1/2 in. / 95 1/4 x 95 1/4 cm.

 

price upon request

Paul Laffoley

THE RENOVATIO MUNDI, 1977

Oil, acrylic, and hand applied vinyl letters on canvas

73 1/2 × 73 1/2 in. / 186.6 x 186.6 cm. 

 

price upon request

Paul Laffoley

MYTH OF THE ZEITGEIST, 2013

Oil, acrylic, ink, and hand applied vinyl letters on canvas

49 1/2 × 49 1/2 in. / 125.7 x 125.7 cm.

 

price upon request

Paul Laffoley

QUARTUMDIMENSIO AEDIFICIUM (THE CLAUDE BRAGDON MEMORIAL BUILDING), 1973

ARCHITECT: Paul laffoley, a.i.a.

Plywood, bass wood, clear plastic, acrylic paint, india ink, model cars, chicken bones, costume jewelry, styrofoam, model trees, grass, lead weights, and vitamin capsules

SCALE OF MODEL: 1/16 in. = 1 ft.  

OVERALL HEIGHT: 50 in. / 149.8 cm.

BASE: 26 X 25 1/2 X 25 1/2 in. / 66 x 64.7 x 64.7 cm.

 

price upon request

Paul Laffoley

QUARTUMDIMENSIO AEDIFICIUM (THE CLAUDE BRAGDON MEMORIAL BUILDING), 1973

(detail)

Paul Laffoley

THE PSYCHOKENETIC WATER BALANCE: A DEVICE FOR TESTING PSYCHOKENESIS, 1980

Homage to: Isamu Noguchi [1904-1988] and Robert Hare [1781 – 1858]

Oil, acrylic, wood, wire mesh, string, shells and water

Fully hand carved, unique

18 ½ x 35 x 17 1/2 in.

47 x 89 x 44.5 cm. 

Paul Laffoley

DAS URPFLANZE HAUS, 1981–97

Natural materials, plastics,model-making materials, paint, drafting film, and vitamin e capsules

26 X 64 X 45 in. / 66 x 162.5 x 114.3 cm. 

 

price upon request

Paul Laffoley

DAS URPFLANZE HAUS, 1981–97

(detail)

 

Paul Laffoley

HOW TO DELIVER AN EGG THROUGH SPACE, 1980

Homage to Alberto Giacometti (1901 – 1966) and Ettori Bugatti (1881 – 1947)

Basswood, Honduran maple, compass, string, rubber band, shell, magnet, pin, and egg

Carved by Hand, Unique

25 3/4 x 46 ½ x 24 ½ in.

65.4 x 116.8 x 60.9 cm.

Paul Laffoley

TELESIS I, 1982

Polychromed wood, model making materials

Constructed by hand, unique

8 x 39 x 22 3/4 in.

20.3 x 99. X 57.8 cm

Paul Laffoley

MAQUETTE FOR A THOUGHTFORM, 1993    

Acrylic on tulip and maple wood, balsa, and bass wood

with base: 7 x 12 x 122 in. / 17.7 x 30.4 x 309.8 cm. 

 

price upon request

Paul Laffoley

THE MEDITRON, 1985

Mixed Media

Overall: 37 x 5 ½ x 25 ½ in.

Signed and dated on the verso

Paul Laffoley

THE NEW MOTIVE POWER OF SPIRIT-WILL, 1975

Ink, collage, balsa wood, and vinyl lettering on board

18 3/4 x 36 in. / 47.6 x 91.4 cm.

 

price upon request

Paul Laffoley

LEVOGYRE, 1975

Monotype on 100% rag paper

23 x 23 in. / 58.4 x 58.4 cm.

 

price upon request

 

Paul Laffoley

QUARTUMDIMENSIO AEDIFICIUM, 1975 

Mixed media on board

36 x 48 in. / 91.4 x 121.9 cm.

 

price upon request

Paul Laffoley

DIE ERDE BLUME: THE EARTH FLOWER, 1994

Ink, collage, wood, glass, and permasign press type on board

19 3/4 x 27 in. / 50.1 x 68.5 cm. 

 

price upon request

Paul Laffoley

GAUDEAMUS IGITUR, 2001

Ink, collage, and permasign press type on board

21 1/4 X 21 1/4 in. / 53.9 x 53.9 cm.

 

price upon request

Paul Laffoley

AFTER GAUDI: A GRAND HOTEL FOR NEW YORK CITY, 2002

India ink, photo collage, and permasign press type on museum board

22 x 14 in. / 55.8 x 35.5 cm.

 

price upon request

Paul Laffoley

GAUDI HOTEL: FIRST LEVEL PLAN, 2003

Ink on paper

18 1/2 x 21 in. / 46.9 x 53.3 cm. 

 

price upon request

This survey of the visionary works by Paul Laffoley will include, for the first time, models of utopian speculations related to the architectural problems that we currently face.  The show begins with perhaps his most puzzling incidence of genuine predictive powers as evidenced by the painting The City Can Change Your Life, 1962, to the current cycle of works related to the Guggenheim Fellowship (2009) project entitled Building the Bauharoque.

 

I have been more interested in the nature of Utopian Space in terms of how to describe it and how to create it.  In this regard, I feel that I harken back to reconsider the intentions and agenda of The Bauhaus, The Constructivists, The Deutscher Werkbund, etc., from the early part of this century.  In doing so, it is with the belief that I am helping in some way to keep alive the “flame” of these Modernists (almost extinguished by the ‘Post-Modernists’), a flame if properly tended could burst into the ‘Fire of the Future’ which could light our way until the golden dawn of The Bauharoque.” -PL (1992)

 

Following a formal education from Brown (1962) in the classics, and architectural studies at Harvard (1963), Laffoley would begin to assimilate and systematically cross-pollinate his various  strands of intellectual inquiry.  In search for expanded opportunities, Laffoley came to New York to work with the visionary Frederick Kiesler, and was further recruited for viewing late night TV for Andy Warhol in exchange for a place to sleep.  By the mid sixties, Laffoley began to experiment with the inclusion of written texts layered over mandala like compositions inspired by Andy Warhol’s late night television programming between 1 and 5 a.m., as well as his growing interest in eastern mysticism.  By 1971, Laffoley’s inclusion of text, whether specific in language or scientific notation, required the viewer to observe as well as read the works.  The Boston Visionary Cell (1971) is a crucial facet in understanding Laffoley’s work and method.  As stated in its founding charter, it was created “to develop and advance visionary art”:

 

My personal mission as an artist has always been to explore Utopic Space in terms of both sensibility and it’s ontic status. I have developed this task by means of symbols, perhaps the only way an individual can approach such a project.” -PL (1971)

 

Laffoley’s endeavors evoke freedom from the limitations of time and space, which imprison our curiosity about the infinite possibilities beyond the radius of our sight and orientation. At times, his oscillations between the sublime and grotesque approach a metaphysical intensity.

 

Gallery hours:

Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 6.  

 

Contact:

Douglas Walla (dkw@kentfineart.net)

 

Elyse Harary (eharary@kentfineart.net)

 

Evening with Paul Laffoley

Thursday, September 10 from 6 to 8