Sarah Oppenheimer: N-02 / von Bartha, Basel

The gallery von Bartha is currently presenting two solo exhibitions in its Basel space: Olaf Breuning and Sarah Oppenheimer. In this video, we have a look at Sarah Oppenheimer‘s site-specific work N-02. Sarah Oppenheimer’s work is known for the manipulation of the built environment. Her latest work, N-02, consists of three interconnected ‘instruments,’ each composed of an elongated black aluminium bar and two linear lighting tracks.

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Arrayed across the ceiling, lamps weave between gallery walls. Black bars interrupt the wall’s white surface. Visitors are invited to manually manipulate each instrument. Sliding a black bar modulates the position of overhead lights. Touch animates the environment, creating cyclical patterns of change. Elongated black lines merge and separate while luminous stripes of light rise and fall. Gestures overlap and intersect. The energy of human motion intertwines with the frequencies of the environment. As sunlight diminishes and day becomes night, the gallery’s reflective façade is transformed into a transparent window. Light diffuses across the building membrane, and the radiance of the oscillating instruments spills into the street.

Both solo exhibitions at von Bartha in Basel will be open during Art Basel in Basel in June. The shows run until July 30, 2022. Sarah Oppenheimer is also participating in FRONT International 2022, Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art (Cleveland, Ohio, USA), July 16 – October 2, 2022.

Sarah Oppenheimer: N-02 / von Bartha, Basel. Basel (Switzerland), May 15, 2022. Performers in the video: Annika Geiser and Aras Sheuaz.

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