On view until January 28 at von Bartha, S-chanf: SARAH OPPENHEIMER, l-131311
Entitled I-131311, the work on display is described by the artist as an ‘instrument’: a set of mechanically linked architectural elements which are manipulated by the viewer, or ‘player’, within the space.
Embedded within the gallery walls, the instrument resembles movable windows and doors. Activated by touch, the manipulation of its elements causes a chain reaction: pivoting a window opens a wall, whilst rotating a column constricts the dimensions of a doorway. The artist creates the potential for this sequence of events through mechanical linkage – a helical screw at the center of the piece transforms rotary motion into linear oscillation, thus shaping the instrument’s mobile path. For the instrument to function, timing between the linear and rotary motion must be precise.
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