Modified Social Benches
Jeppe Hein was born in Copenhagen and now lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin. His arts education includes the Royal Danish Academy of Arts in Copenhagen and Städelschule, Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt.
Hein’s exhibitions include solo exhibitions at ARoS Kunstmuseum in Denmark, afterwards Gallery Johnen & Schöttle in Cologne and the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, Canada.
He participated in a group show at the Folkestone Triennial in Great Britain and was part of a dual exhibition with Dan Graham at Gallery Rüdiger Schöttle in Munich. He presented a solo exhibition in Madison Square Park in New York in 2009.
Hein’s Modified Social Benches are an excellent example of the artist’s exploration of the phenomenon of perception, stemming from his consideration of social space and the way in which the form and context of the sculptures present unlikely or impossible seating structures. His work focuses on problemetizing the traditional relationships between sculpture, viewer and the environment.
The installations were brought to Dublin through Titration2: Park Fiction, the second phase of Dublin Arts Council’s on-loan outdoor sculpture exhibition series, which was installed in Dublin’s Coffman Park in 2008. The Park Fiction theme illustrates the whimsy and human connection to the outdoor recreational spaces in our midst. The exhibition was brought to life through four groupings, each ranging in size from three to more than 50 sculptural elements.
Titration is a common laboratory method used to add a measured quantity of a reagent, called a titrant, into an unknown reagent, called a reactant, to produce a chemical reaction. The exhibition series reflected the fluid properties of its name in the figurative sense: Dublin as a dynamic community, Dublin’s growing collection of public art and Dublin’s sense of cultural identity. The exhibition was co-curated by Dublin Arts Council Executive Director David S. Guion and public art curator Jesse Levesque Bishop of Louisville, Ky.