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    Sarah Oppenheimer at the Knowlton School

    Meredith Garda
    Sep 22, '15 6:58 PM EST

    Last week at the Knowlton School, Sarah Oppenheimer, a visual artist based in New York City, gave students and faculty a look at her numerous projects that blur the boundaries between sculpture and architecture. Oppenheimer's work is largely based on the idea of apertures that both visually and physically connect otherwise disconnected spaces through a series of manipulated thresholds. These gestures are meant to bring attention to the space through uncertainty rather than through distraction. Oppenheimer describes moments of disorienting the viewer as well as moments of clarification. This paradox is constantly changing depending on the position of the viewer to the artwork. 




    Oppenheimer was able to extend her research and time at the Knowlton School through a workshop where students explored the idea of PIVOT-SWITH. The investigation from the workshop will contribute to Oppenheimer's residency at the Wexner Center for the Arts that will end in an independent exhibition in Spring 2017. During the workshop, students were asked to explore the manipulation of thresholds that are experienced throughout the Wexner center galleries and circulation sequence. Students were to develop ideas about re-orienting axes by manipulating architectural planes. The pivot is the primary means by which these ideas were formulated. The students worked with designing the pivot and testing these ideas as a networked switch to connect experiential zones.   

    Oppenheimer's lecture was the first of the Energies lecture series. More information about the school and a full schedule of lectures can be found at Previous lectures can be viewed at

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