2 Stage Transfer Drawing (Returning to a Past State)

© Sammlung Generali Foundation - Dauerleihgabe am Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Repro: Michael Schmid

Dennis Oppenheim

2 Stage Transfer Drawing (Returning to a Past State), 1971

Video, black and white, silent, 7 min 36 sec


Artwork text

In this series of performance works, Oppenheim investigates transference and communication through the body. In the Transfer Drawing pieces, Oppenheim makes a drawing on his son's back; his son tries to copy this drawing through tactile sensation onto the wall. They then reverse roles. Writes Oppenheim, "I am drawing through him." (Electronic Arts Intermix)