Dennis Oppenheim 1938 - 2011 American Conceptual Art Performance Artists
Dennis Oppenheim's practice has employed all available methods: writing, action, performance, video, film, photography, and installation, with and without sound or monologue. He has used mechanical and industrial elements, fireworks, common objects and traditional materials, materials of the earth, his own or another's body. He has created works for interior, exterior and public spaces.
Dennis Oppenheim lived and worked in New York City from 1968 and also in Springs, East Hampton, since 1985. Amy Plumb began as his assistant in 1977 and became his wife in 1998. He is good friends with his third wife, the sculptor Alice Aycock, and the artists Roger Welch, Bill Beckley and Vito Acconci. His first two children Erik and Kristin-and granddaughter Erin-live in Brooklyn, New York. His third child, Chandra, lives in Maine with her daughter Issa.
Dennis Oppenheim lived and worked in New York City and Springs, East Hampton since 1985.
Seminal works include Annual Rings, 1968, almost the definition of site-specific work in which the schemata of annual trees cut in snow is severed by the river forming the boundary between the US and Canada; Reading Position for Second Degree Burn, 1970, in which the artist's body becomes a surface registering the color red over two hours of exposure; Attempt to Raise Hell, 1974, in which a seated figure, a surrogate of the artist, repeatedly lunges forward striking a cast-iron bell; and Bus Home, 2003, a public transit shelter in which a bus metamorphosizes into a generic home, paralleling the desire of all commuters for a smooth and swift journey.