“For me, the concept of sculpture is closely linked with communication.” -Jeppe Hein
Jeppe Hein is known for his experimental and interactive artworks that come to life under the convergence of art, architecture, technology and society. Hein’s sculptures are noted in their formal simplicity yet never fail to deliver a dose of humor and liveliness. His works feature surprising and captivating elements such as movement and interaction, which engages his audience and places the spectator at the center of the event, foregrounding the viewer’s experience and perception. Part of Hein’s genius rests in creating sculptures that respond to human presence.
Hein’s early works include labyrinths in various media and sculptures that refuse to be static. Other works hone in on the viewer’s perception of gallery space often disorienting the viewer’s relationship to an object in physical space. Most recently, Hein created a series of “Geometric Mirrors” which emphasizes a key theme for him: illusion. Hein’s play with reality has been central to his creative process and can also be seen in his dysfunctional park benches that he calls “Modified Social Benches.”
ACE Gallery is featuring a collection of Jeppe Hein’s “Social Benches.” This exhibition is designed to remind viewers of their fundamental part in activating art’s communicative potential. “I want to show that the work isn’t anything on its own it is only what the public informs it with. The viewers’ role brings the piece to the center of attention.”
Jeppe Hein was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1974. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Arts between 1997 and 2003 and at the Städelschule in Frankfurt between 1999 and 2000. His work can be found in many important collections worldwide including ARoS Kunstmuseum Aarhaus (Denmark); Arken Museum of Modern Art (Denmark); the Tate Gallery (London); National Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou (Paris); Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles); Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt, Germany); Statens Museum for Konst (Denmark) and Neues Museum Nürnberg (Germany). In 2003 Jeppe Hein was invited to exhibit in the 50th Venice Biennale. In 2005 He was invited to participate MOCA’s Ecstasy: In and About Altered States, a group exhibition themed around perceptual experimentation. Jeppe Hein lives and works in Berlin, Germany.