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PRINT February 1995

MIND’S EYE VIEWS

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 Düsseldorf, 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 time to produce them. The questioner was unsatisfied by the answer: aren’t the techniques used

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