Crossing Europe 2021, Lentos Featured Artist
On the occasion of the festival Crossing Europe 2021, Bernd Oppl is the Featured Artist at Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz. The spatial narratives and objects created by Bernd Oppl are both technical and cold and sensuous at once – they captivate with their precise and elaborate execution, but simultaneously make us aware of our perspectives on space, media, and perception, thus also constituting an examination of our own nature.
The installations and objects show how we engage with architecture, film, media, and the resulting spaces in between. The centerpiece of the exhibition is the installation Screening Room. The look into a black peep-box is the classic screening room situation of seats and projection surface. After a short while, the self-portrait of the beholder appears on the miniaturized screen. A clever and many-faceted game of deception, consisting of the voyeuristic position, movie theater, selfie, and immersion.
Bernd Oppl, born in Innsbruck in 1980, studied at the University of Arts Linz (painting and graphic arts) and at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (video and video installation). He lives and works in Vienna.
Curator: Magnus Hofmüller