The work Tired Eyes (2020) by Martin Groß can be seen on the window front of Villa Schöningen for the time of the renewed lockdown. In a large-format plot, Martin Groß designed a reflection space that is between reality
and dream manifested. Looking outside, a figure keeps its tired eyes open with the last of its strength so as not to miss anything or to be able to sleep with open eyes. Groß's artistic spectrum includes drawings, installations and text works. In his works, the real is constituted in exchange with the imaginary. Through language, text, sound and a strong visual component, he refers to different realities, online as well as offline, to communication structures and their interstices.
Martin Groß (* 1984 in Plauen) lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig and at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. He has participated in numerous exhibitions at home and abroad, including in the Kunsthalle Rostock, as part of the Lichtparcours 2020 Braunschweig, in the Kunstraum Potsdam, in the K11 art village of the K11 Art Foundation in Wuhan, China, in the CAA Art Museum Hangzhou, China, in the G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, in the SMAC Berlin, in the Pipe Factory Glasgow, UK, in the gallery EIGEN + ART Leipzig, in the EIGEN + ART Lab Berlin, in the Ludwig Forum Aachen and in the Kunstraum Ortloff Leipzig.
Press release Villa Schöningen
Martin Gross, Tired Eyes, 2020 © Villa Schöningen, courtesy the artist and Galerie Eigen+Art.