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Dennis Oppenheim

Electric City, Washington

Dennis Oppenheim

“I have never been able to be what they call a signature artist. Most of my work comes from ideas.”


Dennis Oppenheim's (1938-2011) art was far-reaching often weaving together divergent medias such as writing, performance, video, photography, sculpture, and site-specific installations. He used mechanical and industrial materials, everyday objects, traditional art materials, the earth, fireworks, and often his own body.


From a church standing on its steeple to rings carved in a snow-covered field Oppenheim’s vast and often unpredictable oeuvre defies categorization. Oppenheim often took familiar objects and turned them into something entirely new.

Upper Cut is an edition of 7 unique multimedia sculptures. With his characteristic wit, Oppenheimer transformed years of experience, observation, and overheard secrets and gossip relating to artists, critics, gallery owners and museum directors into "book titles." Serving as teeth in a "mouth," the “books” tell an insider's story linked to traditions of storytelling.


Ray Smith




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