In this exhibition, Felix Kindermann takes up the ubiquity of fences and their social function in New York City. Observing that many fences at residences and public spaces are too short to truly prevent a persistent visitor from crossing, Kindermann posits the fence as a structure of sociality. At once, they act as symbols of class and wealth, delimit and open the space between personal and private, and elucidates who belongs in a given space—and who does not. Fences keep out, but also let in.
Felix Kindermann is a visual artist from Germany based in Brussels. Kindermann, who earned a Diploma in Industrial Design from HfbK (Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg) and an MFA from Sint-Lukas Brussels, is Visiting Professor of Mixed Media and Sculpture at Sint-Lucas Ghent. His work has been exhibited at Museum Ludwig and Simultanhalle, Cologne; KANAL- Centre Pompidou, Brussels; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent; and Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton, among others. He is recipient of the fellowship of the Flemish Community in Belgium and currently Artist in Residence at ISCP, New York
Image: Detail from Felix Kindermann, 2023, Photography / courtesy of Goethe-Institut New York