New York

Dennis Oppenheim

John Gibson Gallery

Two Right Feet for Sebastian is the title of a piece Dennis Oppenheim exhibited at the John Gibson Gallery. On the wall beside this title is a large photograph of a man with a wooden (right) leg. The piece itself consists of two lead pipes parallel between the floor and ceiling, one of which stops about a foot short of the floor. A spot trained on the pipes is the only light in the room. On either side of these pipes, situated midway on adjacent walls, two right boots, each rigged to a small machine, kick the walls at regular, alternating intervals. Microphones amplify the sounds of the kicks through speakers on opposite sides of the room. The sounds are loud and unrelenting, coming from directions opposite their actual and visual sources. In addition, the speakers seem to be crossed, increasing the opposition. The controlled, mechanical rage of the boots kicking in semidarkness is strange

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