New York

Dennis Oppenheim

M. L. D'Arc Gallery

Dennis Oppenheim’s art has frequently been projected through the actions of his own children. He has explored questions of heredity through studies of facial expressions, transferral of fingerprints, and other actions shared with or executed through his family. Search for Clues, a recent multimedia installation, extends this idea, reconstructing his vision of death as a dream of his seven-year-old daughter.

A large oriental rug floats about two feet off the floor of the darkened gallery, immediately staking out the work’s magical territory. A puppet (an image of the artist himself which has appeared in previous pieces) lies face down with his hands dangling off the far edge, a knife stuck in his back. A TV monitor on the floor in a corner shows an identical knife, thrown repeatedly into an ambiguous, slowly revolving surface. A child’s voice drones on disjointedly about the knife spinning

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