Investigating forms of presentation of the Artistí Book.

The book on the table. /// The closed archives. /// The book in a box. /// The open archives. ///
The book on the shelves. /// The book underfoot. /// The book on the ground.
/// The book in an intimate space. /// The book as installation. /// The book in a working space. ///
The book as an object to walk around. /// The book as a concept for a space.

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participant: Ton Martens [# 01].


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Books are a matter of course for Ton Martens. They represent something magic in time and place in his view. He still remembers himself as a child, scratching in a book containing plates. The book disappeared and years later he found it again in a completely different place. Looking at his early drawings the contents now have a different meaning. Ton Martens studied Graphic Design in the 60s. He worked in London for a year, and later for the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. In 1980 he became a student at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. On his first day he collected some cuttings and scraps he found on the street on the way in and brought them together in a small booklet. More will follow. Ton likes to bring regularity into chaos - books can bring structure.

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For more than 20 years Ton has been working with the technique of rubbing. Bringing the underlying structure alive onto a sheet of paper by means of greasy chalk. A nice way of registering. Everything is on the right scale. Itís also the tactile element that attracts him. He has been to Japan several times, where he looks for artefacts he can use for his prints. When the object itself is so far away in time and distance, you can bring back something with the rubbing, transforming it into something different.