Bringing something of the dedication and precision of the geometry class out of the school and into the bar, is German artist Tobias Rehberger. With this temporary exhibition in a New York hotel bar, he has replicated his favourite watering hole, the Frankfurt Bar Oppenheimer.
Using bold geometric stripes, Rehburger has employed something of the dazzle camouflage tactics used in World War I. This air of well defined confusion makes this an intriguing working exhibit. The piece is fully functional as a bar, so if the shapes get a bit too much you can reach for a well deserved tipple!
“The way I look at it is like a suitcase,” Rehberger has said. “I’m going to be in New York for a bit so I’m able to pack up my favourite bar and take it with me. And because I’m there for the art fair, the bar has to come dressed as a work of art.”
The work will remain set-up until 14 July.
Robert Monk May 23rd, 2013