"There are things that cannot ever occur with any precision [nor] to
be contained in mere facts. They are merely trying to occur; they
are checking whether the ground of reality can carry them.
And they quickly withdraw, fearing to lose their integrity in the frailty
of realization." (B. Schulz, 1937)
I find many parallels between my work and magical realism, as it "aims at a basis of mimetic illusion while destroying it regularly with strange treatment of time, space, characters, and what many people take as the basic rules of the physical world" (Jean-Pierre Durix, 1998).
A self-perpetuating anemometer, a diachronic clock, pills forming constellations—are based on a similar principle; they explore the relationship and mutual influence of reality and fiction—a subject of particular importance in our post-truth era.
Emile Hermans (*1988, Maastricht) graduated with a bachelor’s degree form the Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht in 2015 and with a master’s degree from LUCA School of Arts Brussels in 2017. In his works, Hermans deploys different media—from sculpture and installation to video.