“Please Touch the Art,” a new exhibition by Danish artist Jeppe Hein featuring 18 playful sculptures designed specifically for public interaction, is coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP).
Shown is Semicircular Mirror Labyrinth II (2013) at an installation at Ordrupgaard, Charlottenlund, Denmark. Photo: Anders Sune Berg, courtesy König Galerie, Berlin; 303 Gallery, New York; and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen Shown is Semicircular Mirror Labyrinth II (2013) at an installation at Ordrupgaard, Charlottenlund, Denmark. Photo: Anders Sune Berg, courtesy König Galerie, Berlin; 303 Gallery, New York; and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
Engaging visitors through pieces that are both accessible and surprising, the show includes three distinct bodies of work: “Appearing Rooms,” a series of “rooms” formed when water shoots up from the work’s gridded base forming “walls” that appear and disappear throughout the day; a large new Mirror Labyrinth, featuring equidistantly spaced vertical elements at varying heights made from mirror-polished stainless steel that multiply the surrounding landscape through myriad reflections; and 16 new Modified Social Benches that upend the idea of a traditional park bench with their unconventional angled, curved, twisted and bent forms.
“Jeppe Hein: Please Touch the Art” is on view May 17, 2015, to April 17, 2016, at BBP.
“Imaginative, whimsical, irreverent and emotionally resonant, Jeppe Hein turns familiar expectations of works of art on their head. Instead of the respectful distance demanded in museums, Hein’s work invites participation,” said Nicholas Baume, public art fund director and chief curator. “Titling the exhibition ‘Please Touch the Art,’ he encourages us to interact with his art in the most direct physical terms. Through that immersive experience, Hein hopes that his work will also touch us.”
Danish artist Jeppe Hein’s parkwide installation, Please Touch the Art, presented by Public Art Fund, features playful sculptures designed specifically for public interaction. Jeppe, now based in Berlin and Copenhagen, studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Art and the Stadelschule in Frankfurt. His works have appeared all over the world. This exhibition currently includes two distinct bodies of work: a large Mirror Labyrinth, featuring evenly-spaced vertical elements of varying heights made from mirror-polished stainless steel that multiply the surrounding landscape; and 16Modified Social Benches that upend the idea of a traditional park bench with their unconventional angled, curved, twisted, and bent forms.
Bring along this print-at-home scavenger hunt to mark off which pieces you’ve seen. Can you find them all?
Mirror Labyrinth and Modified Social Benches will be on view through April 17, 2016.
DEBORAH KASS: OY/YO
Acclaimed artist Deborah Kass’ monumental sculpture OY/YO, commissioned by Two Trees Management Co., walks the line between respectful homage and brazen appropriation. Sourced from urban and Brooklyn slang, the statement “I am” in Spanish, and the popular Yiddish expression, OY/YO has been a significant and reoccurring motif in Kass’ work, taking form in paintings, prints, and tabletop sculptures. Set alongside the iconic bridges of Brooklyn’s waterfront and visible to viewers from Manhattan, BBP’s Main Street lawn is an apt location for a monumental installation of OY/YO. Similar to the City of New York’s “Leaving Brooklyn: Oy Vey!” sign at the Williamsburg Bridge and the “Leaving Brooklyn: Fuhgeddaboudit” sign on the BQE, OY/YOreferences Brooklyn’s ethnic communities with whimsy and warmth.
OY/YO will be on display through August 2016.
MATTHEW JENSEN: THE WONDER UNDER
In his exhibition, The Wonder Under, Brooklyn-based artistMatthew Jensen explores the place histories of public landscapes in New York City. The current installation at 99 Plymouth features meticulously cut photographs of objects collected from the surrounding parkland displayed in two-dimensional curiosity cabinets that reference museum vitrines. The objects, all found in plain sight, reveal how the past and present intertwine in this landscape. Historical artifacts like 19th century porcelain, a half-cent from 1850, and flint and obsidian spear points, mix with contemporary castoffs of plastic, foam, metal and glass. Countless pieces of coal and blast furnace slag are reminders that residue from the industrial revolution remains part of our environment.
99 Plymouth is open daily 8:00am to 11:00pm.
TOM FRUIN: WATERTOWER 3: R.V. INGERSOLL
Watertower 3: R.V. Ingersoll, by Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin, sits atop 334 Furman and lights up the sky around Pier 5. Part of his ICON series, Fruin composed Watertower 3 from roughly one thousand salvaged scraps of acrylic, echoing the ethos of BBP’s dedication to sustainability. His vibrant acrylic panels, referencing earlier pieces such as Kolonihavehus, 2010 on display at Empire Fulton Ferry, become vibrantly illuminated by the sun during the day and solar-powered lights at night. This beacon of light is a tribute to the iconic New York watertower and is visible from numerous vantage points in and around BBP, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and New York Harbor.
ART IN DUMBO
In addition to public art in BBP, DUMBO offers a wealth of art for everyone to enjoy. From murals to installations to gallery shows, there’s something for everyone right here in the neighborhood. To see complete listings of public art, galleries, and events, visitArtInDUMBO.com.