Mind's eye views - interview with artist Martin Honert - Interview by Boris Groys
Martin Honert works slowly - he has produced fewer works than one expects from an artist his age. Unwilling to compete with the speed and communicative demands of the modern media, he makes works that seem to stand alone - "decontextualized" and uncommunicative. Together, these works don't so much constitute a closed context as suggest a kind of semantic emptiness. One suspects relationships among Honert's three-dimensional images, perhaps shared meanings, but they are never explicitly produced.
Visiting Honert in his studio in Dusseldorf, I wanted to ask: what are the reasons behind Honert's slow procedures and the aura of isolation surrounding his works? Honert's first reply, as is often the case with artists, was a technical one: it is because the works are time-consuming to produce that it takes to produce them.
The questioner was unsatisfied by the answer: aren't the techniques used because they slow the work down?
BORIS GROYS: Looking at your works, I have the feeling that these three-dimensional pictures so objectively quoting reality - they're like a photograph, or an illustration in a scientific journal - suggest also a certain feeling of danger, of being lost. Isn't that an allegory for the situation of the contemporary artist, who removes himself from the life context and puts himself instead in the institutional context of art? Read the entire article hereSource: