International 2010 Archives
Dennis Oppenheim, Trees
Yorkshire Sculpture Park (UK)
Dennis Oppenheim, a key figure in the US Land Art movement recently deceased, is an influential international artist whofor five decades has created sculpture, installations, interventions, performances, actions, happenings and photographic works. His work is characterised by a constant shifting of style and ceaseless creative output. Trees : From Alternative Landscape Components, a flamboyant large-
Trees : From Alternative Landscape Components (2006) comprises a highly artificial lansdcape formed of fluorescent trees, fake hedgerows, seemingly genetically modifies flowers and the Trees, which have branches with a range of curious domestic artefacts including baths, toilets, sinks, dog kennels, dustbins, plastic chairs and parts of fences. This installation was created for the 2006 exhibition Alternative Landscape Components : A New Land Art at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, New York and three outdoor locations across the city.
As with much of Oppenheim's earlier work, the Trees act as a dialogue, this time between the natural and artificial landscape and as a comment on the act of creating environments. The first location for this work, the seemingly natural environment of Central Park, was purposefully designed and manipulated by man. Similarly, the Bretton estate, home to YSP's 18th century rolling landscape, was originally a carefully designed private pleasure ground and now, as a open air gallery, provides a contrasting backdrop to Oppenheim's installation. Oppenheim also explores the mechanisms and communication of how artistic ideas are formed -
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Trees : From Alternative Landscape Components, all year 2010 since 30 January. Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton -