Martin Honert

Lantern (small version). 2000. Aluminum, plexiglas, inkjet prints, polystyrene and fluorescent lights. 100 x 100 x 100 cm. Courtesy of the artist

Lantern (small version). 2000. Aluminum, plexiglas, inkjet prints, polystyrene and fluorescent lights. 100 x 100 x 100 cm. Courtesy of the artist


Lantern (small version). 2000. Aluminum, plexiglas, inkjet prints, polystyrene and fluorescent lights. 100 x 100 x 100 cm. Courtesy of the artist

Lantern (small version). 2000. Aluminum, plexiglas, inkjet prints, polystyrene and fluorescent lights. 100 x 100 x 100 cm. Courtesy of the artist


Lantern (small version)

Aluminum, plexiglas, inkjet prints, polystyrene and fluorescent lights
2000

A cube one meter high is lit from inside and, in brilliant blues, depicts four different perspectives of a man lying in a bed and watching TV. The screen shows images of Earth from space while the moon is visible through a window. Though the man in the images of the piece is a self-portrait of the then-47-year-old Honert, Lantern is about the past. The room depicts his bedroom, and the images represent his memory of watching the moon landing.

Martin Honert's meticulous sculptures are largely inspired by childhood memories. Employing illusion, manipulation of scale, and painstakingly rendered surfaces, they are obsessive depictions of essential ideas that connect to collective experiences. The artist said, "I don't want my work to get too personal. I may begin with a personal image, but then I try to see how I can formulate a more general one... I don't want to tell stories, so I try to reduce the image to its purest state." Basing on his personal experience, Honert takes the viewer into a symbolic journey through time, which makes possible to travel without leaving home, and where the scale of images of the memories is distorted.


Martin Honert (b. 1953, Bottrop, Germany) – artist known for making veristic sculptures of memories or images related to his childhood. He teaches at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden. Honert represented Germany in the 1995 Venice Biennale and had his first one-person exhibition in the United States at Matthew Marks Gallery, in 1999. His work was the subject of a retrospective organized by the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden in 2007.