Jeppe Hein Exhibition
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Jeppe Hein, born 1974 in Denmark and currently based in Berlin and Copenhagen, is a young artist who has been involved in many exhibitions in galleries/museums around the world, and recently has been the focus of much attention in the art world.
Hein's works involve the viewers in a humorous physical and psychological experience. In the 2003 Venice Biennale, he showed a major piece that involved trapping the viewer in a maze made out of water, which reacts to sensors that detect human movement. His other works include an empty room which sends out unpleasant vibrations that hinder people from moving from one end to the other, a water fountain that sprouts fire, a bench which surrounds people in thick smoke when you sit on it, and so on, all controlled by sensors. His works bring a sense of play to 'normal' spaces/objects/phenomena, and their relationship with the viewers.
This exhibition centers on an architectural installation piece, "Continuity Inbetween", which utilizes water. Water jets out of, and links, two walls facing one another, creating a strange sensation. There will also be a new piece featuring neon.
We hope you enjoy this exhibition by Hein, who will continually be active in 2007, holding exhibitions at the Tate Modern (London) and the Sculpture Center (New York).
From 2007-01-19 To 2007-03-03
Japan Times Art Brief
By Samantha Sinnayah
Simple yes, but this interactive sculpture captures both the rational and the irrational. One looks for clues and feels the answers are down the holes, yet the jet of water that connects these two walls -- the very thing you want to understand -- silently stands in your way ...
After walking along a deadly yet peacefully calm cemetery, I found a hanging ball of neon lights - baby blue outside, baby pink inside - turning on and off randomly yet rhythmically.
Then I found a fountain which looked highly unusual. It spewed water from side to side - horizontally from a hole to another hole on each side of white walls. Yellowish light lit from one hole traveled through half way in the water pole. The water rather looked like... someone was peeing from the wall.
With the continuity of the water and the light, I meditativly experienced stronger awareness of passage of time, and I thank Jeppe Hein a lot for making this.