Karel Martens graduated from the Arnhem School of Art in 1961. Since then he has worked as a freelance graphic designer, specializing in typography. Alongside this, he has always made free (non-commissioned) graphic and three dimensional work.
This exhibition focuses on Martens contribution to the graphic style of independent journal for architecture – OASE. From 1990 (Issue 28) Martens took over the art direction of the publication, often working with students from Werkplaats Typografie – an experimental typography school he founded in 1998 with Wigger Bierma. What began as a student magazine, evolved into an internationally acclaimed journal in which a reflective and critical approach to architecture, urban design and landscape architecture is the mainstay. Recently celebrating its 75th Issue, the success of OASE lies partly in Martens refined graphic statement, often absorbing his print and typographic experiments.
Featuring over 50 issues of OASE designed by Martens, along with associated printed matter from his studio practice, the exhibition will incorporate workshops with students of Visual Communication at Monash University.