Lisa Oppenheim received her MFA from Bard College in 2001. Oppenheim’s
work has been exhibited as part of the Liverpool Biennial (2006) and at
Swiss Institute, New York; Grazer Kunstverein, Graz; and GSK Contemporary, London, Harris Lieberman, New York.
For Yule Log WPIX (2009), Oppenheim spliced together twenty-eight consecutive copies of film footage of the Yule Log, televised every Christmas on New York City station WPIX. The number of copies denotes the number of years of broadcast of the current incarnation of the log: first shown from 1970 to 1989, it was reintroduced in December 2001 by popular demand. Though the shot itself has not varied since 1970, Oppenheim rendered the passage of time visible by exploiting the “generational” nature of analog film – namely, that with every subsequent copy, her original print lost one generation of image quality. By the twenty-eighth iteration, when the white of the Christmas flame all but consumes the image, the film looks like itsagent of its own destruction.”
Balanced between appropriation and reconstruction, Lisa Oppenheim’s work relies on substitutions and omissions applied to the photographic and filmic records through which the historical and the present are transmitted and constituted. Though this underlying conceptual strategy remains not far beneath the surface, it results in a remarkably diverse number of formal solutions encompassing photography, drawing, film and slide installations…
Lisa Oppenheim works
Recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Visual Arts Grant in 2008 and awarded Illy Art prize in 2007.