Paul Laffoley

Paul Laffoley

Born 1940, in Cambridge, Massachusetts and died 2015, in South Boston, Massachusetts

Following a formal education from Brown in the classics, and architectural studies at Harvard, Laffoley would begin to assimilate and systematically cross-pollinate his related strands of intellectual inquiry. In a search for expanded opportunities, Laffoley came to New York to work with the visionary Frederick Kiesler, and was recruited for viewing late night TV for Andy Warhol. At that time, Laffoley had been painting in the basement of his family’s home in Belmont on the weekends in Belmont, Massachusetts, completing what may be his first fully mature vision: The Kali-Yuga: The End of the Universe at 424826 A.D. (The Cosmos Falls into the Chaos as the Shakti Oroboros Leads to the Elimination of all Value Systems by Spectrum Analysis), 1965.

From this point forward, Laffoley began to formulate his unique trans-disciplinary approach to a new discipline combining philosophy, science, architecture and spirituality to the practice of painting. Laffoley first began to organize his ideas in a format related to eastern mandalas, partially inspired by the late night patterns he watched for Warhol on sixties late night television. This quickly developed into four general subgroups of works: Operating Systems, Meta-Energy, Time Travel, and Lucid Dreams. Conceived of as “structured singularities,” Laffoley never worked in series, but rather approached each project as a unique schematic. Working in a solitary lifestyle, each 73 ½ x 73 ½ inch-canvas would take one to three years to paint and code. By the late 1980’s, Laffoley began to move from the spiritual and the intellectual, to the view of his work as an interactive, physically engaging Psychotronic devices, a modern approach to trans-disciplinary enlightenment and its spiritual aura.


Selected Exhibitions

2016, Seriously, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York

2015, The Force Structure of the Mystical Experience, Kent Fine Art, New York

2014, The Adelaide International, curated by Richard Grayson, Australia

2013, The Alternative Guide to the Universe, curated by Ralph Rugoff, Hayward Gallery, London

2013, Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque, curated by Luis Croquer, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle

2013, Paul Laffoley: The Boston Visionary Cell, Kent Fine Art, New York

2013, Farfetched: Mad Science, Fringe Architecture and Visionary Engineering, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Raleigh

2011, Paul Laffoley: Secret Universe, curated by Udo Kittleman and Claudia Dichter, Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gergenwart, Berlin

2009, Chasing Napoleon, curated by Marc Olivier-Wahler, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

1999, Architectonic Thought Forms: A Survey of the Art of Paul Laffoley 1967-1999, Austin Museum of Fine Art, Austin

1998, Building the Bauharoque, Kent Gallery, New York

Selected Collections

American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore
Austin Museum of Fine Art, Austin
Halle Saint Pierre, Paris

Selected Bibliography

The Essential Paul Laffoley: Works from the Boston Visionary Cell, University of Chicago Press, 2016

Paul Laffoley, Architectonic Thought Forms: Gedankenexperiemente in Zombie Aesthetics, A Survey of the Art of Paul Laffoley Spanning Four Decades, 1967-1999, to the Brink of the Bauharoque, Austin Museum of Art, 1999

Paul Laffoley, The Phenomenology of Revelation, New York, Kent Fine Art, 1989