Margaret Honda – An Answer to 'Sculptures'

29 April – 31 July 2016
Opening: Thursday, 28 April 2016, 7 p.m.

Welcoming speech: Nicole Nowak, executive director
Introduction: Fanny Gonella, artistic director
Followed by a talk between the artist and Tenzing Barshee, freelance curator

Installationviews: Margaret Honda – An Answer to 'Sculptures', Künstlerhaus Bremen, 2016.
Photos: Marcus Meyer

Since the late eighties, Margaret Honda (*1961 in San Diego, lives and works in Los Angeles) has developed a practice that is deeply sculptural in nature and in which historicity of objects, auto-biography and process all play equal roles as working materials. A reconsideration of production methods and their protocols as well as the basic premise of rearranging things-scale, concepts, functions-underlies her entire work regardless of the medium she deploys. Sculpture, photography, performance, drawing and, more recently, film, are media through which the artist examines the material basis of her output and interrogates the processes by which objects are made, presented and seen.

For her exhibition at the Künstlerhaus Bremen, Margaret Honda has made a new time-based work titled Film (Künstlerhaus Bremen). Throughout the fourteen weeks of the exhibition, the entire range of E-Colour+ gels from the company Rosco, normally used as light filters in the film industry, will be placed each on the gallery's fifty-six windowpanes-turning their physical presence into the main focus. Only fifty-six gels can be installed at a time, hence the entire set of 323 filters is divided into six reels, each on view for sixteen days. Most people, including the artist, will never see the entire work, which will change not only with each different reel, but also with the shifting light conditions throughout a single day.

Honda conceived of An Answer to 'Sculptures' as a response to her exhibition Sculptures, which took place at Triangle France, Marseille in 2015. Together, the two insitutions have co-published the signed and numbered edition Writings. This almost complete written record of the artist's work, edited by Matthew Evans and designed by Dan Solbach, will be on display and available at Künstlerhaus Bremen. An Answer to 'Sculptures' is Margaret Honda’s second solo exhibition in Europe and her first in Germany.

The exhibition is curated by Tenzing Barshee and Fanny Gonella.


22 May 2016, 2 p.m.
Guided tour of the exhibition with Fanny Gonella
26 May 2016, 7.30 p.m. Lecture by Christian Kobald (freelance curator) 'Les Immatériaux': Beunruhigung, neue Sensibilität, Immersion und die ,allergeheimste Arbeit'
12 June 2016, 2 p.m. Guided tour of the exhibition with Gergana Todorova
29 June 2016, 7 p.m. Lecture by Annette Bhagwati (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin) Curating Matter

The program has been conceived in cooperation with the seminaty Material-Wissen by Mona Schieren, Hochschule für Künste Bremen.

The exhibition is supported by: