high polished stainless steel, aluminium
220 x 280 x 244 cm (86 2/3 x 110 1/4 x 96 in.)
Edition 3/3 + 2 A.P.
Jeppe Hein belongs to the second generation of conceptual artists who have intensively studied the interactive works and installations, especially of American artists in the field of Minimal Art. The work of Dan Graham is of particular importance to Hein, not only formally but also in terms of content. The influence is obvious in the work of Hein, who has also exhibited together with Dan Graham. And yet, Hein continues to develop Graham's labyrinthine mirror structures into a type of communication platform, while Dan Graham always attached more importance to the formal, playful approach of self-awareness than to social-theoretical approaches, which in turn play an essential role in Hein's work. The comparison with a labyrinth, which already had great significance in Dan Graham's installations, is obvious and is thus an interpretative approach that is important to Jeppe Hein. The fragmentation and multiplication of perception forces the viewer to constantly redefine his own position and his relationship to the environment or other viewers. The labyrinth, in Western art history a much-used symbol for the path of life, the tortuous paths of fate and the challenge to constantly reassure oneself of the right path, becomes for Hein a concrete experience of the changing necessities of permanently positioning oneself and others interactively. This work by Jeppe Hein is "self-reflexive" in the literal sense - also for the viewer.