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Everyday objects are cut into slices by Fabian Oefner and assembled into distorted sculptures

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April 16, 2021

Grace Ebert

“Heisenberg-Objekt V – Cortez” (2021), leather, foam and resin, 30 x 18 x 15 centimeters. All images © Fabian Oefner, shared with permission

in the Heisenberg objects, Fabian Oefner ((before) translates as quantum mechanic Uncertainty relation into a sculptural series of segmented objects. The Connecticut-based artist uses resin to solidify everyday objects such as sneakers, a Leica M6, a tape recorder, a Seiko watch and a flight recorder before cutting them into countless individual pieces. He then aggregates these fragmented pieces into dissected sculptures that resemble the original object through a distorted view of the internal and external mechanisms.

The name comes from the German physicist Werner HeisenbergThe series is based on the fundamentals of the uncertainty principle, which states that no two particles can be accurately measured at exactly the same time. “You can either determine one parameter and ignore the other or vice versa, but you can never know everything at once,” writes the artist about Heisenberg’s idea. The two opposing views – i.e. the inner and outer layers of the common objects converge in Oefner’s sculptures and visualize the principle through distorted perceptions. “As an observer, you can never observe the object as a whole and its inner workings at the same time. The more precisely we see one view, the less clearly we see the other, ”he says.

Look at Oefners Instagram Further views of the newly interpreted objects as well as videos documenting the cutting process.

“Heisenberg Objekt III – Leica M6” (2021), aluminum, glass and resin, 20 x 15 x 5 centimeters

“Heisenberg Objekt I – Seiko Clock” (2021), plastic, metal and resin, 20 x 15 x 10 centimeters

“Heisenberg Object II – Tape Recorder” (2021), plastic, metal, resin, 30 x 20 x 8 centimeters

“Heisenberg Object VI – Cortez” (2021), leather, foam and resin, 30 x 18 x 15 centimeters

“Heisenberg Object VI – Cortez” (2021), leather, foam and resin, 30 x 18 x 15 centimeters

Detail from “Heisenberg Objekt IV – Flugschreiber” (2021), plastic, metal, resin, 50 x 50 x 40 centimeters

“Heisenberg Object IV – Flight Recorder” (2021), plastic, metal, resin, 50 x 50 x 40 centimeters

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