F.Coldewey, Board, 400 x 160cm, Plywood, Acrylic, Art in public spheres, Lichtparcours Braunschweig, EXPO 2000
During his first visit to Braunschweig the artist asked himself how this invitation had come about. Not an unimportant question since Fritz Balthaus works usually transport the concrete and constructive background of art itself. This will also happen in Braunschweig, but in a new manner. For the first time the poeple who are responsible for the artist path from his Berlin studio to Braunschweig will become the focus of interest.
Name 1 and 2: During the penultimate art fair "Art Forum Berlin" the artist F.Coldewey recommended the gallerist T.Taubert, from Düsseldorf, to visit the artist's Berlin studio. Fritz Balthaus has been working with T.Taubert ever since and has put up a light-installation in the rooms of his gallery.
Name 3 and 4: G.Zey, an artist from Berlin, recommended the artist's work to the Wiesbaden curator G.Hafemann because he was preparing an exhibition with the theme of "light" at the Wiesbaden Art Society. Fritz Balthaus later on contributed an installation for this exhibition in the rooms of the Nassau Art Society.
Name 5,6 and 7: The Düsseldorf artist M.Kuball, who also took part in the wiesbaden exhibition, had seen Fritz Balthaus works in both the above mentioned exhibitions and recommended him to G.Auer and M.Schwarz, exhibitioncurators and lectures at Braunschweig's University.
Name 8,9, and 10: G.Auer and M.Schwarz are members of the board of trustees of the exhibition project "Lichtparcours" together with J.M.Armleder, H.-P.Conrady and J.-P.Bordaz. They nominated artists and dicided which artists would be invited. They also decided which artists would be invited. They also decided on an invitation.
Fritz balthaus would like to position 10 light installations showing these names, around Braunschweig. The artist found ten places by the Oker river and in the city itself where he would like to realize his light work.
The work's "hardware" consits of painted, white, wooden panels. The ten black signatures will be applied tothe presentation sides. Regular construction site light fixtures will be attached to the boards. Not much unlike train station signsthese lamps will light the name at night. Placed in ten different Braunschweig areas the name plates will at first appear incomprehensive but will, with some devotion to the underlying question, explain themselves. Once the observer has grasped the background of the intrusions and names the selfcontructive character of the light works and the art in common will become evident.