Bernd Oppl is a video and installation artist living and working in Vienna, Austria. Oppl makes architectural models inspired by the films of Alfred Hitchcock and other horror-genre legends, then introduces an unpredictable substance (for instance, ice or gelatinous goo) and films the effects taking place within those spaces. The resulting videos capture strange occurrences within mysterious interiors that seem to defy the laws of physics. The spaces themselves, lacking human figures, act as protagonists. Oppl aims to create visual experiences that would not be possible without video cameras. He also seeks to introduce an element of chaos and chance (the substance) and relinquish some control over his painstaking, exact miniatures.
The exhibition comprised three videos: a hotel room icing over, a home inhabited by a strange shadow or dust cloud and a hallway with a gelatinous substance dripping from floor to ceiling.
Laura Valeri, associate curator of European art
The W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art