Tue Greenfort (*1973) discovers the details of city life, which are largely unknown or go unseen due to their normalcy. In his work, Greenfort deals with these kinds of situations in space and in everyday life and reveals the structures behind urbanity through small changes or mechanisms. With the help of artistic intervention, occurrences become visible and their existence questioned. With different projects in the urban area of Cologne and Frankfurt, the artist shows, for example, how city architecture defines public space or how private properties are divided. By adding steps to walls or fences, he creates new or simplified sidewalks.
For the exhibition in the Kunstverein Frankfurt, Greenfort looks at the constitution of space and its ascribed functions. Here he uses the surrounding area, three different spaces in the vicinity of the Kunstverein Frankfurt: the public space of the Römerberg, the semi-public area in the café of the Kunstverein, and the vaulted room, designated for exhibitions from the series „fresh and upcoming”. Tue Greenfort totally refrains from the originally planned exhibition room and closes off the room with a wall. Instead, he integrates his work into the café of the Kunstverein as well as the public area outside. In both cases he changes their existing lighting situation. As Greenfort adds a light switch to a street lamp, the café’s design in the Kunstverein is completed with a self-made lamp.
Tue Greenfort presents light as an essential element for the designing of space and through his presentation he emphasizes the interaction between the function of the room and the meaning of its objects. Had the lamp been exhibited in the exhibition room, it simply would have been viewed as „art”. But now it is part of the designed space.
Tue Greenfort studied at the Städelschule Frankfurt am Main under Prof. Bayrle.
By René Zechlin
1973 born in Holbäk, Denmark
Lives and works in Frankfurt Am Main And Berlin, Germany
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