Fabian Oefner’s visual expression of the invisible effects of the natural sciences and the properties of time is the genesis of his photography, film and kinetic installations. His art forms encourage us to conceptualize in new ways, and to accept that art and science do not exist on opposite ends of the academic spectrum but rather inform each other in tangible ways.
Oefner was born in 1984. He grew up in Switzerland where he still lives and works today.
Art is his lens to experience -- from his preliminary studies at the Basel University of Art where he studied painting, photography, typography and art history -- to his Bachelor of Arts in Product Design at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Northwestern Switzerland where he learned that successful design was a multi-layer complex process, combining the widest variety of factors: tactile definition, aesthetics, readability, emotional effect, as well as the language of form, into a single functional product.
Parallel to Oefner's tenure as Leica’s Director of Visual Style for Geosystems (2009-2012) he began to experiment with visualizing time and the invisible effects of the natural sciences.
Oefner Studio was founded in 2013.
“Disintegrating Series” is a suite of images of high performance cars that appear to have blown apart. The series explores essential questions abut the relationship of time and reality, ultimately creating a visually rich rendition of a moment that never existed.
Oefner’s “Black Hole Series” became the centerpiece of 2015 World Science Festival Gala that celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Einstein’s Birthday and Theory of Relativity. The “Black Hole Series”, similar to many of Oefner’s projects, began in his Studio with no camera involved: his process, concept, tested by experiment, made tangible by design and photography.
Oefner’s most recent installation, created in collaboration with Peugeot Design Lab “Field of Sound” is a kinetic sculpture using more than 5000 Plexiglas blades, moving to the sound of a piano. “Field of Sound” is the tangible transformation of complex theories into interactive art.
The profound intention of Oefner’s art defies description. His explorations into the ephemeral poetry of time and the natural world stop us, allowing us to see the invisible, while provoking us to wonder about the myriad magical moments we do not see, while never considering the artist’s process that created them.
This past year Fabian Oefner has created "experiential" advertising campaigns for clients including Ferrari, Bose, World Festival of Science (an event at Lincoln Center Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Einstein's Theory of Relativity), and just last month, The Field of Sound, a physical installation describing the hearing and appreciation of music for Peugeot Design in Milan. Oefner’s photographs have been published in WIRED, The New Scientist, STERN, The Huffington Post and BBC Online. He was a guest speaker at M.I.T. and his TED talk has received upwards of two million visits.