FRONT MATTER, 2012

Rundtenom / Roundabout, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen

Material: 6 mm acrylic sheets, glue
Dimension: 240 x 925 x 200 cm

Photo: Erling Lykke Jeppesen, Jens Lindhe

Through the middle of the exhibition space, runs a transparent wall construction made from transparent acrylic sheets glued together. It is blocking and dividing the space into two separate parts with two separate entrances, so that the viewer must exit the room and go through a different entrance in order to watch the construction from the other side. At the same time, the sculpture is completely transparent and visible, so that one can see both sides when viewing from one side. The motif depicts two walls from the artist studio, folded out to make one long wall, including both radiator and desk. Similar to a theatre set piece, one side is an interior while the other is a typical triangular construction.

Front Matter is a term used regarding book design, describing the preliminary pages of a book before the first page of text. Front Matter introduces and gives an overview of the 'body matter', which consists of the book's chapters, and the back matter, which consists of the conclusion, epilogue, bibliography etc.