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Monday, June 27, 2011

Engagement

Engagement, is one of several versions American artist Dennis Oppenheim has produced referencing the traditional engagement rings. In a "Pop Art" form where everyday domestic objects are taken out of their domestic environment and re-conceptualized as monumental sculptures, this version of Engagement rises nearly 30 feet. Sitting on top of the rings where the diamonds would be traditionally, there are two translucent houses of plexiglass and aluminum, illuminated and precariously tilted away from each other. As a commentary on the precarious balances in marriage, that of the romantic, traditional, economic and the illusions inherent in the institution, the meaning of "Engagement" is intentionally open-ended. Oppenheim often declines to interpret or explain his work, leaving the interpretation to the viewer.(Vancouver Biennale 2009-2011)


Oppenheim has been constructing large-scale sculptural works since the 1990's and is one of the most influential and respected artists working today. His work was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale in 2007. The initial installation of this piece in 2005 coincided with same sex marriage debates taking place in Canada. The work was subsequently acquired by the Vancouver Biennale Legacy Foundation in 2007 as a gift to the citizens of Vancouver. (Vancouver Bienalle 2009-2011)

Location:Sunset Beach, Vancouver,BC

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