Companion #07: Motion. Karel Martens. Kunstverein München and Roma Publications

Posted in Exhibition catalogue, graphic design, video on January 23rd, 2023
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This publication is part of Motion, a major exhibition by Dutch artist, graphic designer, and educator Karel Martens at Kunstverein München.

Co-edited by Martens and Julie Peeters, the bulk of the content for this book comes from the video Not for Resale – a sequence of photographs from Martens’ studio wall in Hoog Keppel in 2000. The videos Lost & Found (2004), and Tol (2008) are also included in the book, as well as a transcription of a conversation between Martens and Kunstverein director Chris Fitzpatrick, followed by an afterword (both in English and German).

Edited by Karel Martens and Julie Peeters
Texts by Chris Fitzpatrick and Karel Martens
Designed by Julie Peeters

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Karel Martens: Printed Matter / Drukwerk (3rd reprint)

Posted in Editions, graphic design, history, Motto Berlin store, printmaking, typography, writing on December 19th, 2010
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Printed Matter / Drukwerk, Karel Martens with Jaap van Triest and Robin Kinross

Revised and extended, third edition, 50 years of work.
Published by Hyphen Press

The work of Karel Martens occupies an intriguing place in the present European art-and-design landscape. Martens can be placed in the tradition of Dutch modernism – in the line of figures such as Piet Zwart, H.N. Werkman, Willem Sandberg. Yet he maintains some distance from the main developments of our time: from both the practices of routinized modernism and of the facile reactions against this. His work is both personal and experimental. At the same time, it is publicly answerable. Over the now 50 years of his practice, Martens has been prolific as a designer of books. He has also made contributions in a wide range of design commissions, including stamps, coins, signs on buildings. Intimately connected with this design work has been his practice as an artist. This started with geometric and kinetic constructions, and was later developed in work with the very material of paper; more recently he has been making relief prints from found industrial artefacts. This book looks for new ways to show and discuss the work of a designer and artist, and is offered in the same spirit of experiment and dialogue that characterizes the work it presents.

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Graphic #15: Printing Journal

Posted in graphic design, illustration, magazines, Motto Berlin store on September 1st, 2010
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Graphic Magazine #15: Printing Journal

This issue is a “Printing Journal”, presented as a magazine within a magazine. It explores the map of contemporary printing culture and how printing actually operates by visiting printers and seeing their work in person, by interviewing an eminent graphic designer and asking how his previous work relates to printing, by having a designer’s talk to present their varying interests in the printing culture, and by inviting a few designers to fill their own pages with print work.

Contributions by Calff & Meischke Drukkerij, Extrapool (Knust),  Veenman Drukkers,  Wyber Zeefdruk, Hans Gremmen,  Harmen Liemburg,  The Uses of Literacy,  Karel Martens, Kees Maas and Richard Niessen

D 17€
Available for distribution.