Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear

“OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR” shines behind a two-way mirror, merging the text with images of the visitors and the surrounding space. The text references the warning sometimes found on car side-view mirrors, alerting the viewer to the optical illusion of the altered field of view. The oversized scale of the phrase juxtaposed with the two-way mirror dares the viewer to take a closer look at what he or she sees, and to question the implications of the text in the apparent closeness of the reflected objects.

Year: 2007
Materials: steel construction, two-way mirror glass, neon tubes, transformers, aluminium board
Dimensions: 149 x 252 x 16 cm

Johann König Gallery, Berlin, DE, 2007
Jeppe Hein. Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear, Carré d’Art – Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes, FR, 2007