S-01 by Sarah Oppenheimer
For her second exhibition at Annely Juda, Oppenheimer is showing two new works: S-011110 and S-010100.
Buildings are time based. S-011110 and S-010100 change over time. Conceived as switches within architecture’s larger network of immaterial flow, they alter the duration of procession and the direction of vision, ricocheting sightlines across moving glass planes. Each of these works injects their specific durational change into the cyclical life of the inhabited building.
In S-011110 two beam and column dyads, made of glass and metal, divide the gallery visually and spatially. The beams are sensitive to a visitor’s touch. Contact with their surface animates and alters their position, shifting the division of interior space and the reflected view in the glass surface. Beams rotate along a 45-degree axis through a dampened and defined arc, supported by a pivoting arm inserted into the floor-to-ceiling columns. The eccentric axis of rotation creates a seemingly unpredictable path of motion. S-011110 transforms the immutable architecture of the gallery into a manipulable coordinate system.