Bernd Oppl, born 1980 in Innsbruck, lives and works in Vienna. He studied Painting & Graphic Art at the University for Art and Industrial Design Linz, and specialized later in Video and Video Installation at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (Class of Prof. Dorit Margreiter).
Since 2009 he has been exhibiting actively all around Europe. Some of his main solo shows are: “Der Raum als Protagonist”, Galerie Schloss Wiespach, Hallein (Austria, 2018), “Intermission”, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna (Austria, 2016), “Hungry Eyes”, Bernd Oppl & Lotte Schreiber, ONE NIGHT STAND Gallery (Bulgaria, 2016), “Inhabited Interiors”, Georgia Museum of Art, (USA, 2014), RLB Atelier, Linz; Amstel 41, Amsterdam (2014), “Raumflucht”, artpartments (Vienna, 2013); Neue Galerie, Innsbruck (2012); MQ - Artist Quarterly, Sotheby’s, Vienna (2010); Kunstverein das weisse haus, Vienna (2009).
Several of his works have been sold at auction, including 'Aus der Serie 'Get out of my way'' sold at Dorotheum 'Benefit Auction in Aid of Caritas Vienna' in 2010. He was granted with numerous awards and grants, such as: WIELS Residency Programme (2018), CCA Antrax, Artist-in-Residence (2016), WIELS Residency Programme (2018), and CCA Antrax, Artist-in-Residence (2016).
Peeking into Bernd Oppl´s work is like poking into the heart of a poet. Through its video sculptures and video installations, space, movement and projection are blend together creating an illusory universe in taut dialogue with technology.
Oppl´s installations are largely influenced by the cinematographic world of the 19th century; his video sculptures and video installations are based on his own designs, in which he experiments with architectonic space and technology apparatuses used in early cinema. The space models often have the form of a black box, evoking mystery and inviting to unveil the enigmatic things that it contains in it. The box is never closed; in its various embodiments, it always has at least one or several windows that allow the viewer to look out at it. The interiors of the models present dramatic spaces in miniature form (simple hotel rooms, corridors, rooms with doors and windows), encompassing cinematographic manipulations prioritizing the experimentation of these over the narrative. Video cameras attached to the model spaces record what is happening inside in a live transmission on a screen or in full size on a wall in the exhibition space.
Bernd expands our gaze towards this miniature universe with a game between the real and illusion. The black box becomes a magic box through which one can reproduce a different reality, a pure and immersive illusion.
Mirat Projects is pleased tu present his next show on the 17th of January 2019 until the 13th of February 2019, (Blanca Navarra 8, 28010).