Sarah Oppenheimer creates installations that make the viewer question the physical space. She obscures and transforms ordinary rooms into spaces that manipulate the viewer’s perception of the physical space. She cuts angled holes in the walls to abstract the corners, making them seem like they could open like an accordion while waking through them. Visitors have even reported cases of vertigo. Although it is possible to walk through the holes, it still requires you to be very aware of your movements.
The lighting in the room plays an important role in contributing to the overall feeling. Oppenheimer adjusts the lighting according to what the predicted temperature of light in each room will be, and adjusts the illumination so that the solid painted white walls contain various tints. From a distance, the corners almost appear as abstract flat surfaces.
Takis is a kinetic artist living and working in Greece. His work focuses on electromagnetism, a force he describes as a fourth dimension that “binds together in space, objects, metals, roaming particles of the cosmos.”
Magnets play a vital role in the function of his sculptures. Magnetic Painting No. 7 (1962) uses strong magnets behind a solid yellow canvas to make metal objects float in front of the painting’s surface. In another one of Takis’s works, Ballet Magnetique I (1961) he makes a metal sphere hover and orbit above the surface of the sculpture with the use of an electromagnet.
The concept of magnets and suspension has inspired us to think differently about the design of our upcoming spring collection. Everything from the materials to the closures will be an integral part in the design of jewellery.