Bernd Oppl: Background
Galerie Krinzinger – Until Jan 15, 2022 Vienna (Austria)
We inhabit space. Bernd Oppl’s objects highlight how human emotions are projected onto the architecture and the interiors around us. Its parts are often absent from the real human body. His practice is situated between object and architecture, sculpture and installation. The environments it recreates. Whether they are perfect detailed miniature sculptures or animation and movies are also seemingly neutral. But their sterility makes them obsessive. They look like the future horror of Japanese and Korean horror movies. The Ballardian fear of the suburbs and the company. The isolation and alienation of screen life.
Edward Hopper’s atmosphere.
The artist plays with architectural modeling but it is not the utopian projection of a future urban landscape. Oppl creates scenes from the present. The laptop on a bare mattress on the floor. Oppl’s works echo the atmosphere of Edward Hopper’s paintings. There is a feeling of black in her silhouetted interiors. A manifestation of ideas from Olivia Laing’s book The Lonely City. The horror here is muted.
The haunted house is no longer a creaky 19th-century mansion but an airport waiting room. Or a black ink desk floating in space like a ghost. There is no sound in his work, except sometimes the hum of an analog projector. Here, the ghosts of the history of cinema or IT emerge. Like his reconstruction of the Black Maria, a skeleton of a historical scene that would shoot in front of a static camera. Or a minimalist maze that looks like a stripped-down version of the iconic computer game Wolfenstein 3d.
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