Sarah Oppenheimer is an architectural manipulator.
She creates apertures and extensions in buildings or walls, modifying
familiar spaces with dramatic and disorientating interventions.
MF –142 –was a major installation on the third
floor of Annely Juda Fine Art. In contrast to the conventional right-angle plane
of the gallery’s walls and ceilings, Oppenheimer bisected the gallery
a massive diagonal plane – floor to ceiling. Doubling the floor beneath,
the plane twisted on two axes. This rotated plane became wall, ceiling or floor
depending on the location of the viewer within the space. Whilst forming an imposing
new level to the gallery the installation was also a curious and impressive levity.
Apertures interrupt the plane disclosing two views of the building’s exterior
not usually visible from within the gallery. This hole is a trademark of Oppenheimer’s
work – providing a ‘filmic’ or ‘cinematic’ view
of a space physically removed from the viewer. It becomes a visual frame allowing
viewers to be spectators or
Oppenheimer’s installations are made with meticulous precision and quality
of finish – this contributes to the sense of permanence about her works – they
never appear as transient installations but moreover as permanent challenges
to our perception of our environment and ourselves within it.
Annely Juda Fine Art showed Sarah Oppenheimer installations at the Frieze Art
Fair (2007) and Art Unlimited, Basel 2009.
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