Florian Reinhardt

Twenty years ago, artist Florian Reinhardt began to use his travels to create iconic, man-made symbols, small, repetitive details in his environment. Nothing in the close-ups indicates place, time or situation.They are detached from a frame of reference and thus point to something generally valid. EXIT signs are ubiquitous and yet often overlooked. They are industrially produced and understandable regardless of country and culture. Conceptually in the tradition of Marcel Duchamps’ Ready-Mades the endlessly repeating EXIT-signs of Florian Reinhardt touch on human existence, which is always in process. With the omnipresent EXIT sign, the artist tells of the human space of possibility: every individual has the opportunity to pause every day, to change his or her perspective, to make free decisions and that in a serial process, which is called life.