The work of Amsterdam based visual artist Martijn Sandberg (1967) constantly explores border areas, such as the tension between text and image, legibility and illegibility, the private and the public domain. “I make Image Messages, image is message is image.” The image hides the message.
In the cut paintings ‘Sorry No Image Yet’ and ‘Too Busy To Paint’ there is a subtle play between the language of the image and the significance of the image, and this gives rise to questions. Here, the lack of image seems to be elevated to an image by the artist.
The direct relationship between the image, the material bearing the image and the environment is also expressed in his site-specific works in public space and architecture. As in ‘If These Walls Could Speak’ that can be viewed in the lifts at the OBA Central Library Amsterdam, and the artwork ‘I Will Survive’ located at the border of a burial ground in Hardenberg, The Netherlands.
In 2010 ‘My Last Penny’ by Martijn Sandberg is released as jaarpenning/ art medal 2010, issued by the Vereniging voor Penningkunst/ Dutch Art Medal Society in a multiple edition of 450 pieces.
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