Anna OppermannMass and Power11.03. - 04.06.2017
S.M.A.K. Gent, Belgium
Anna Oppermann, *1940 in Eutin,
lived in Hamburg and Celle
Text: Ute Vorkoeper38 available works
From the 1960s through to her early death in 1993, Anna Oppermann created over 60 ensembles of various sizes, which she described as principally infinite exercises in perception and cognition.
They permitted any conceivable form of visual, sculptural and written expression. Each one began with a meditation in front of a still life made of plants and found objects, which were usually attributed with a sentence, a quotation or short text. The artist made sketches of these ‘initial objects’, described them, analysed them, collected associations and arranged her observations to new, expanded still lifes, which she subsequently recorded in photographs and on canvas. By alternating between proximity and distance, examining closely and stepping back, she gradually passed from the particular to the universal, as she described it.Read more