Dennis Oppenheim, ‘Wound 1954-1970’, 1970, Dennis Oppenheim studio

While catching butterflies... had a few monarchs in my jar...stood at the edge of a high curb, jumped- crashing onto the ground smashing jar between hand and butterfly fatally wounded, the other escaped.
result: Large gash in lower left palm of right hand...requiring seven stitches.
Right photo: earth and glass Location: undisclosed

The Ethics of Earth Art, Amanda Boetzkes, University of Minnesota Press, 2010.

Collection of the artist's estate.

About Dennis Oppenheim

From a church standing on its steeple to rings carved in a snow-covered field, Dennis Oppenheim’s vast and unpredictable oeuvre spans Conceptual, Performance, Land, and Body Art, sculpture, video, and photography. “I have never been able to be what they call a signature artist,” he once said. “Most of my work comes from ideas.” Oppenheim was featured in the seminal “Earthworks” exhibition of 1968 alongside the likes of Robert Smithson; his earliest works were ephemeral pieces—patterns cut in wheatfields, a mound of dirt punctuated with wooden planks. He would take up Body Art after befriending Vito Acconci, producing pieces like Reading Position for Second Degree Burn (1970), for which he laid in the sun for five hours, sunburning the shape of a book onto his chest. In the decades after, his wide-ranging practice included several Pop-inflected public monuments, including giant Hershey’s Kisses and diamond rings.

American, 1938-2011, Mason City, Washington, based in California & New York

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

Switch On 3, Galleria Fumagalli, Milano
Screen Memory, Simon Lee Gallery, London
Los Angeles to New York: The Dwan Gallery, 1959-1971, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Washington
Dennis Oppenheim: Terrestrial Studio, Storm King Art Center, New Windsor