PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Public Art Committee of Brown University announces the completion of two public art installations on campus. Sarah Oppenheimer’s P-131317 is an architectural intervention located in the newly renovated Metcalf Building. 2x5 is a kinetic light installation by the Berlin art studio realities:united that is housed in the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. A reception for Oppenheimer will be held on March 19. A reception for realities:united will be held on April 3. Both receptions are free and open to the public.
The reception for Sarah Oppenheimer will be held on Monday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m. in Metcalf Auditorium, 190 Thayer St. Oppenheimer will discuss her artwork and the creation of P131317 with collaborators David Botts and Yuri Wegman. The reception is open to the public.
Oppenheimer, a 1995 Brown graduate who received a bachelor of arts in semiotics, was chosen to create P131317 because of her use of architectural interventions to examine how we perceive space, a practice that is in keeping with the research of the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences, housed in Metcalf. P131317 is located at the courtyard entrance to Metcalf. By removing sections of the floor and installing slanted mirrored glass, Oppenheimer has opened views between the basement level of the building and the outdoors, and created puzzling and disorienting illusions.
Oppenheimer’s work has been shown internationally. She was recently chosen to create a permanent work for the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her installation at Pittsburgh’s Mattress Factory has been on view since 2008. Other installations have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the Rice University Art Gallery. Oppenheimer currently teaches at Yale’s School of Art.
On April 3, at 5:30 p.m., a reception for Jan Edler and Tim Edler of realities:united will be held in Martinos Auditorium in the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell St. The artists will discuss their work and the creation of 2x5. The reception is free and open to the public.
2x5, which will be installed in the Angell Street entrance of the Granoff Center in late March, comprises two 14 x 5 foot light boxes that will wash the entrance in a range of colors, from white, to rose, blue, mustard, and red.
realities:united is an art and architecture studio in Berlin founded by brothers Tim and Jan Edler in 2000. They are best known for their “communicative display skins” — architectural facades that incorporate LED lighting and other technology to formal and communicative ends. BIX, their façade for the Sir Peter Cook’s Kunsthaus in Graz, allows images and information to stream over the surface of the building.
Their work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany; and Museum Abteiberg, Germany. Their work has been included in international exhibitions at the Art Museum Stuttgart, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, and the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel, as well as in the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2002, 2006, and 2008.