360° Illusion V (2018) by Jeppe Hein

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Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 10:27

For Jeppe Hein, mirrors are ‘a tool for communication and dialogue’. The artist has made use of mirrors in interactive installations, sculptures and outdoor environments – artworks that he conceives of as social spaces. ‘You meet other people when you enter the mirror pieces’, Hein comments. ‘You are reflected, you see your own I... You open up.’

Installation view of Jeppe Hein's 360° Illusion V, 2018 at Space Shifters, Hayward Gallery 2018. Photo: Mark Blower


Hein’s kinetic sculpture 360° Illusion V (2018) – situated in the first room of the exhibition – consists of two large mirrored panels that have been placed at right-angles to one another. As well as reflecting the surrounding environment, each mirror also reflects its twin. As the artwork rotates, we see ourselves and other visitors suspended within its curious double reflection, a visual effect that prompts Hein to ask, ‘Are you outside or inside the work? You don’t really know’.




360° Illusion V (2018) exhibited in Space Shifters at Hayward Gallery, 26 September 2018 - 6 January 2019

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