Art@Site Jeppe Hein One-Two-Three California

Jeppe Hein



The Donum Estate
We live in a world with mirrors.
Often we see ourselves while we're looking outside.
We also see the past.
Jeppe Hein creates a labyrinth of mirrors, with a clear route, an entrance and an exit. A labyrinth gives peace of mind, allows us to ask questions, helps us to meditate.
To what extent gives our self-mage peace of mind? This question is confronting. Deep in our hearts we know that we are oké: our body, our behavior, our past. I know it’s hard to get rid of my destructive patterns, that they give me a daily battle, that positivism needs to be created every time.
Can we also look at the world without seeing ourselves? Can we look in the eyes of the other? May plants and animals be here for 100% with clean air, with enough space, with protection against exhaustion? I know that I spend too much, that I use too much raw material, that it’s difficult to be climate-neutral or even -positive, that I get small results.
Mirror Labyrinth by Jeppe Hein is a confronting artwork.
By Theo,

We leven in een wereld met spiegels.
Vaak zien wij onszelf terwijl we naar buiten kijken.
Ook zien wij het verleden.
Jeppe Hein maakt een labyrint van spiegels met een duidelijke route, een ingang en een uitgang. Een labyrint stelt gerust, stelt ons vragen, helpt ons mediteren.
In hoeverre stelt ons evenbeeld ons gerust? Deze vraag is confronterend. Diep in ons hart weten we dat we oké zijn; ons lijf, ons gedrag, ons verleden. Ik weet dat mijn destructieve patronen hardnekkig zijn, dat ik ze dagelijks bevecht, dat ik positiviteit steeds weer moet creëren.
Kunnen wij ook naar de wereld kijken, zonder onszelf te zien? Kunnen wij de ander in de ogen kijken? Mogen planten en dieren er voor 100% zijn met een schone lucht, met voldoende ruimte, met bescherming tegen uitputting? Ik weet van mijzelf dat ik teveel uitgeef, dat ik teveel grondstoffen vraag, dat het moeilijk is om climate-neutraal of zelfs -positief te leven, dat ik kleine successen boek.
Mirror Labyrinth van Jeppe Hein is een confronterend kunstwerk.
Door Theo,
In 'One-Two-Three', the artist Jeppe Hein arranges mirrored posts in a curving serpentine line that creates three circular rooms: the largest space is made for three people, the second is meant for two to be open to dialogue, while the small curve enables the individual to reflect inward and outward. With the alternation between reflections of the viewers and of the surrounding landscape, a blurred perception of space arises that produces different perspectives. Reality and reflection combine to create a disorientating sensation akin to the experience of a maze, increasing as the viewer moves through the sculpture.
Hein is interested in the social, interactive element of his sculpture, which is activated by the viewer. He seeks to create art works where people can come together to see themselves and others in new ways. For Hein, art is a social space for engaging with others, for creating empathy, where viewers can glimpse a stranger through the reflective panes and smile aem.
Jeppe Hein specializes in tricks that draw viewers into his buoyant world. It is there—amidst spinning mirrors, mischievous peepholes, and fountains with minds of their own—where the Danish artist suggests that active interaction (whether it be with others, or with ourselves) is not only fun, but fundamental.
While Hein is aware that looking in the mirror can seem vain and narcissistic, for him mirrors are not only about looking at ourselves but about looking outside of ourselves: 'You meet other people when you enter the mirror pieces, you are reflected, you see your own I, for example. You open up. That is what I try to achieve with my works. People should have the courage to encounter themselves and others.'
Hein siphons his passion for social sculpture (his work has been referred to as a scion of Relational Aesthetics and Minimalism) into an ethereal grouping of works that center on the concept of sile conduit for contemplation. Here, mirrored surfaces, diffused scents, and all-encompassing paintings create a space for reflection.
Hein lives and works between Copenhagen and Berlin. His interactive sculptures and installations combine elements of humour with 1970s traditions of minimalism and conceptual art. Hein studied at the Royal DanishAcademy of Art between 1997 and 2003 and at the Sadelschule in Frankfurt between 1999 and 2000. He has had many international solo exhibitions, including 'Please Touch the Art' with New York’s Public Art Fund in Brooklyn Bridge Park (2015), which drew record crowds. Hein's works are found in major public collections such as Tate in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Arken Kustmuseum, in Denmark, Museum für Moderne Kunst, in Frankfurt, Germany, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, in Los Angeles.
In 2009 the artist suffered a severe and well-documented burn out and completely changed his life to focus on slowing down. Sincehis experience of mental and physical breakdown and recovery has fed his work, which has evolved and gained a global reputation. As the artist comments: 'I don’t think that I can directly change the world with my art, but I would like to achieve the opposite of what society is doing at the moment. I am concerned with deceleration, a smile, eye contact, with being in the moment and enjoying it.'

Breathe With Me
An Art Action for the World
By Jeppe Hein & ART 2030
'Life begins with an inhale and ends with an exhale.
In-between we all breathe and live different lives. And yet, each breath
keeps us together, connected, sharing the sa