Sarah Oppenheimer is a visual artist based in New York City.
Oppenheimerâ€™s work spans the disciplinary boundaries between sculpture and architecture. Her sculptural interventions disrupt the architecture of the exhibition space by physically displacing the conventions of the built environment. Her calculated excisions of prototyped building planes â€“ walls, floors, and ceilings - challenge our understanding of architectural space. Oppenheimerâ€™s work both disorients and clarifies our physical and perceptual experience of the architecture that surrounds us. In Automatic Cities: The Architectural Imaginary in Contemporary Art, Giuliana Bruno writes, â€œOppenheimer subjects the practice of architecture to inventive, analytic operations that question the inner structure of our forms of dwelling.â€
Oppenheimer received a BA from Brown University in 1995 and an MFA from Yale University in 1999. Oppenheimerâ€™s first major solo show was held in 2002 at the Drawing Center, New York. Since that time, her work has been exhibited internationally. In 2008, the Mattress Factory commissioned Oppenheimer to create a site specific piece. The artwork, entitled 610-3356, opened a section of flooring in the 4th floor gallery space, giving the viewer a new perspective on the outer perimeter of the museum. Writing about the piece in Modern Art Notes, Tyler Green comments that the work â€œdramatically changes the relationship between the viewer and an artwork, between the museum and the visitor, and even between the museum and its neighborhood.â€