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MARTIN HONERT


June 29 to October 14, 2013
Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery
Co-curated by Director Kathleen S. Bartels and artist Jeff Wall

Fascinated by the way in which images are captured and how they evolve within our memories, Martin Honert
creates obsessive depictions of ideas connected to collective experience. Using illusion, manipulations of scale and
meticulously rendered surfaces, the artist attempts to recall—often obliquely—his childhood in post-war Germany.
The first museum exhibition of the artist’s work in North America, Martin Honert featured a series of sculptures
that revealed the breadth of Honert’s investigations into the potency of remembered images. The artist’s works
draw on family photographs, illustrations from schoolbooks and his own childhood drawings. Unlike many artists
who focus on memory, however, he avoids nostalgia, seeking instead to make the image emotionally inert by
isolating it from its original context and often dramatically shifting its scale. With this deliberate distancing he
attempts, in his words, “to save an image before it dies within me.”

ARTIST: Martin Honert

Major Supporter: Bruce Munro Wright
Additional Support: BELFOR




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