New York

Sarah Oppenheimer

The Drawing Center

Sarah Oppenheimer’s installation Hallway, 2002 came across as the hybrid work of an artist, architect, and social scientist. Sixteen floor-to-ceiling cardboard panels like oversize components of build-it-yourself flattened boxes were conjoined seamlessly flush with the walls of the gallery. The white cardboard on white walls made distinguishing between setting and packaging impossible. Parts of the panels were unfolded into the room in various configurations, creating partitions and revealing the beige plywood substratum of the wall. At the end of the room was a white metal office table with a plywood top. Three stacks of paper with different diagrams of mapped movement were arranged on it.

As the diagrams hinted, the spatial composition of the unfolded cardboard wall panels was the formal consequence of research. Oppenheimer, in the role of scientist, used the gallery as a laboratory. She

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