6 MAY – 18 JUNE 2005

MINIMAL OVERLOAD is the second solo exhibition from the Danish artist Jeppe Hein to be shown at Johann König in Berlin.

The title unites two seemingly mutually exclusive meanings and thus opens up the reference system of the exhibition. The 13 pieces of the exhibit fill up the space of the gallery as never before. A white square turns around in front of a white photo mount; a white cube threatens to burst into flames; another cube floats free; a small hole in the wall suggests forbidden sights; any persons seated on a curved park bench are involuntarily pushed together. A small mirrored gallery creates visual doubles of these and other works through which a question on personal consciousness on the wall in neon letters – “Why are you here and not somewhere else” – is spatially counteracted.

The viewer has difficulty in perceiving the objects as individual pieces: initially, distance to the object, the scrutiny and contemplation thereof, and the staged moment of Minimal Art are lost in the concentrated arrangement. In MINIMAL OVERLOAD, it is not the individual objects that come to the fore, it is the mass of ideas. The individual pieces reciprocally evoke and cause performativity, the playful appropriation of ideas – from Robert Morris or Dan Graham, for example – the self-referencing of the works and the integration of earlier works from the artist give the impression of a complete installation and not a collection of individual pieces.

The result of this overloaded arrangement is a kind of obstacle course for the viewer that the artist connects to his earlier exhibition 360° PRESENCE (2002). Then, it was the movement of the viewer that made the large metal ball move, now in “Minimal Overload”, the viewer is not confronted with empty space, but rather with a room full to bursting, barely allowing the viewer to take in what he or she is seeing.



Jeppe Hein (b. 1974 in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a Danish artist based in Berlin. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Städel Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Jeppe Hein is widely known for his production of experiential and interactive artworks that can be positioned at the junction where art, architecture, and technical inventions intersect. Unique in their formal simplicity and notable for their frequent use of humor, his works engage in a lively dialogue with the traditions of Minimalist sculpture and Conceptual art of the 1970s. Jeppe Hein’s works often feature...
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