By the pathway on the corner of J.M. Mørks Gade and Christiansgade you will find FOS’s wooden portal Hypernormalization. Made of scorched larch, the work was originally created for an exhibition at the French Embassy in Copenhagen, marking the transition from Danish to French territory. At Kunsthal Aarhus the work lives on as a portal. It no longer separates national territories, but marks out the physical and mental transition from the mundane pavement to the world of contemporary art.
FOS is internationally acclaimed for his uncompromising works that explore the relationship between art and design. Blending functionality with popular culture, he explores how physical settings and social relationships affect each other. The works often form a platform for social activities and experiences, bringing people together in the social space we all share. Art, design and architecture merge into a hybrid format that the artist himself calls ‘social design’.
FOS is an alias for Thomas Poulsen (b. 1971, DK), who works with sculpture, design, performance and installation art. He is a graduate from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied from 1993 to 2000.