Martin Honert @ Vancouver Art Gallery

By Emmy Lee | Posted on July 5th, 2013

Martin Honert, Kinderkreuzzug (Children’s Crusade)

Martin Honert, Kinderkreuzzug (Children’s Crusade)

The Vancouver Art Gallery just opened a slew of new shows and my favourite of the bunch is a solo exhibition of the work of German artist Martin Honert which occupies half of the VAG’s third floor. I literally gasped when I came up the escalator and encountered Honert’s surreal sculptures which are inspired by his childhood memories. Meticulously crafted to a state of hyper-real perfection, the people and things Honert presents are uncanny because they are simultaneously ordinary and extraordinary. The artist deftly manipulates scale and the works have been beautifully installed with a thoughtful pacing so that walking amongst these creations–a small figure based on Honert’s English teacher, a large and colourful burst of flame, an enormous starling, two abnormally tall men–you are left off-kilter and with a genuine sense of wonder. One of my favourite works is Children’s Crusade, a painting-sculpture hybrid which literally comes to life off the wall. Although the works begin with reference to personal childhood events, places and people, Honert strives to connect his own experiences to a larger collective consciousness and his sculptures certainly strike that chord. The artist has stated” I don’t want my work to get too personal. I may begin with a personal image, but then I try and 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.” This is definitely a must-see exhibition at the VAG.

Martin Honert, Foto (Photo)

Martin Honert, Foto (Photo)

Martin Honert, Giants

Martin Honert, Giants


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