Reflecting Object, 2006

Installation view: THIS IS NOT FOR YOU, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, 2006-2007. Photo: Michael Strasser / TBA21

Copper-plated metal ball and motor technique
∅ 50 cm

Combining sculpture and installation with architecture and technology, Jeppe Hein shows the modularity of space by constructing and deconstructing it. Interactive in the truest sense of the word, Hein's work sets up a dialogue between work, viewer and site, involving the physical presence of the viewer set against/in a pattern of minimal forms. In seemingly perfect disguise, Reflecting Object sends the eye in all directions except that of the object itself. It melts the walls, floor and ceiling into one continuous surface, rounding off the corners of the space. The constant motion further destabilizes its reflection. The ball rolls around aimlessly, presenting ever-new views of the spectator caught in the middle of the seamless gallery space. This kinetic effect imbues the abstract object with a playful lightness. The displacement of the perspective causes a change in perception - of the institutional space and its architecture- proving that the artist's predetermination of such factors is limited.


Group exhibition: Camiños creativos / Creative Paths 
Venue: Fundación Cidade da Cultura de Galicia (organizer); 
Centro Gaiás Museum (exhibition space)
Curators: Monserrat Pis Marcos (curator Holburne Museum, Bath, UK)
November 11, 2022 - April 9, 2023

*1974 in Copenhagen, Denmark | Living and working in Copenhagen, Denmark and Berlin, Germany