The artist, graphic designer and tutor (b. 1939) can be characterized as the godfather of contemporary Dutch graphic design. His autonomous work has already gained much attention internationally, with recent solo shows at Platform L in Seoul, P! in New York, Kunstverein Munchen and Design museum in Gent (BE).
At Team Thursday will be a selection of his letterpress monoprints which will be hung in dialogue with an installation – reminiscent of a domestic environment – of wallpaper and a curtain. Team Thursday invited since 2017 artists and designers to make a proposal for a curtain which divides their small studio in an exhibition space in the front and an office in the back.
Martens’ monoprint works are a long-standing occupation in his practice. Printed with a bookbinders’ press, using ink on found objects with discarded index or catalogue cards, these are an almost daily experiment with colour and form, producing unique compositions that bear Martens’ unmistakable visual energy, and continuous motion. These are combined with one of his Clockworks (2005-ongoing), kinetic works that Martens has developed by modifying existing clock mechanisms to power three abstract discs.