Exhibit in Nish Cultural Centre – Serbia

The association Palanski Art is organizing another exhibit with my works at the Cutural Sentre in Nis, opening on Tuesday November 3, at noon, and I am very happy to show my work in Serbia again!

Link to the Catalogue: http://www.martindue.no/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Catalogue-Nis-2015-Martin-Due.pdf

 

The Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade has been kind to publish the following article:

 

Arctic landscapes back in Serbia

          29.10.2015 //                     The Norwegian visual artist Martin Due’s expression of the very nature is back in Serbia, but this time in the gallery of the Cultural Center in Nis from November 3. (Skraćena verzija dostupna i na srpskom)

Skraćena verzija dostupna i na srpskom jeziku. 

Due to great interest from the audience in the Serbian town of Aleksinac in February, Martin Due’s Arctic landscapes will again be on display.

This includes a selection of his intaglio prints, mostly recent works but some also dating back from earlier productions. “My inspiration is the stories I can read, extract and put together from traces, details and larger structures in the Norwegian, Nordic and Icelandic landscapes. Sometimes as a surreal prediction and comment on our relation to nature and the consequences we might have to face,” says Due.

Commenting on the Aleksinac exhibition, Due says he was impressed with high level of knowledge about art and fine prints, and a general great appreciation and curiosity about cultural expressions. “It is my experience that the Serbian art audience is the type of audience that one as an artist very much wants to exhibit for!”

His work was also presented by the International Association of Fine Artists Palanski Art along with work of artists from 11 different countries in Trag gallery in Belgrade’s Sremcica earlier this month.

For my own part I have no economic means to be able to attend the opening this time, but I am very glad that my work will be exposed to the audience in Nis. I experienced a great interest from the audience in Aleksinac at my last exhibit in Serbia in February this year. It was a very high level of knowledge about art and fine prints, and a general great appreciation and curiosity about cultural expressions. It is my experience that the Serbian art audience is the type of audience that one as an artist very much wants to exhibit for!

Martin Due’s art work could not be fully understood without at least little insight into his biography. Due, 59, grew up in the university city of Uppsala in Sweden. He learned printmaking at an early age in the workshop of his artist father, Christian Due. Later on he has been working as a printmaker, but also as a musician, holding a degree in violin from Trondheim Music Conservatory and a Master of Art and Design from Oslo University College.

In 1993, he found his inspiration and settled in the Western coastal town of Molde, Norway, where he has lived ever since. Due has exhibited in several Scandinavian and European countries, as well as in China and the U.S. He has been awarded several times and his works can be found in many private and public collections.

Scandinavian Spheres open at SGC International 2015, Knoxville, Tennessee

Katalogfront - Scandinavian Spheres - SGC International 2015

Scandinavian Spheres  present works by 15 selected members of the Association of Norwegian Printmakers. It is organized and curated by printmaker Martin Due with assistance from the Norwegian Printmakers gallery. The exhibition reflects some of contemporary Scandinavian printmaking in various media, as well as some expressions stretching into new forms of multiplied art communication. Though a wide diversity of expression the works are all selected in relation to the SGC International 2015 theme and our own ‘arctic’ inner or outer point of view.

The Association of Norwegian Printmakers was founded in 1919 and is part of the larger organization Norwegian Visual Artists.  The administration and gallery is situated in Oslo. Currently the organization has 330 members and takes pride in continuously working to maintain high quality and professional standards. A short presentation in English is found at http://www.norske-grafikere.no/pages.aspx?pageid=326 )

Martin Due – organizer/curator

DOWNLOAD CATALOGUE HERE: Catalogue – Scandinavian Spheres – SGC International 2015_D

 

 

The Serbia exhibit is open.

 

2015_02_11 Utstilling i Aleksinac_0066The opening last night at the Center of Culture and Art in Aleksinac in Serbia was a very fine experience with many people attending; artists, professors from the Art Academy and the University in Nis, journalists, photographers the local TV station and a very responsive audience. It is a very evident and refreshing knowledge of, and respect for, the fine arts that we are not always so very used to in the Scandinavian countries.

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The Norwegian embassy was represented by Chargé d’affairs Ms Jannicke Bain and Mr Uroš Ćulibrk, advisor and PA to the Ambassador. Ms Jannicke Bain spoke about the many cultural exchanges between Serbia and Norway and Mr Uroš Ćulibrk did a remarkable job with simultaneus translation between three languages; Norwegian, Serbian and English at an admirable speed. Also the mayor and the cultural administrator from the next city that the exhibit is going to visit, Bela Palanka, was attending the opening.

Dr. Kostic Palanski, heading the organization of artist, academics and writers, ‘Palanski Art’, that organize exhibits for cultural centers and galleries addressed the audience together with Mr. Marko Milandinovic, responsible for presenting the exhibition at the Center in Aleksinac and also responsible for the catalogue design and mounting of the exhibit.

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 Beautiful guitar music also was providef by talented music students of the Aleksinac Music School.

The prints where very nicely mounted without frames on white background behind clear glass. A very clean mounting that gives a very open experience of the prints.

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Exhibit at the Center for Culture and Arts in Aleksinac, Serbia

Plakat AleksinacOn Wednesday February 11, at the Center for Culture and
Arts in Aleksinac in Serbia my next solo exhibit will open. It is organized by Palanski Art in Nis.

At the exhibit 29 of my works spanning from 1991 and up til recent will be presented. Most of the works are combined etching tecniques, and also in combination with drypoint and engravings.

For the moment it looks like I will be able to travel there and be present at the opening, I very much look forward to be there and to visit Serbia.

Palanski Art have produced a beautiful catalogue for the exhibit, it can be vieved as a PDF here (4 mb download): MartinDueKatalog

 

Center of Art and Culture in Aleksingac

 

 

The Cultural Centre in
Aleksinac

 

Old Krause printing press restored

2015_02_07 Bilder av pressen_3_kompIn my father’s workshop in Uppsala in Sweden, where I first was taught printmaking, this magnificent old press reigned and was a magnet, but restricted, attraction for both us kids as well as the art-buying visitors in the workshop. Built in Leipzig, Germany, in 1895 it was a highly priced precision tool for my father who was very particular about printing quality. It was badly damaged in a fire in 2004, only weeks before my father passed away.

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The press was basically just a partly cracked and rusty pile of steel junk when it was dismantled and mowed in parts to my workshop in Norway, there it stood covered but outdoors for several years until I had a water leakage in my workshop last year that prompted a major rebuilding.

The floor was reinforced and work began restoring the press. I wore out two steel grinders getting the rust of it and put some of the best mechanics in the region to the test making new parts to the gearbox and the oak bearings. 2014_05_03 Rep av Krausepressen, foto M

 

2015_02_07 Bilder av pressen_6_komprimert   I also studied some untouched original Krause presses at the printing museum in Leipzig, Germany, before all was ready to move into the workshop and be mounted together. An interesting job since the heaviest parts are around 375 kilos, the whole construction comes at about 2000 kilos and the tolerances are in some places only 1/100 mm!

A new printing bed was ordered in composite material from Polymetal in the Netherlands and of course new blankets where fitted. Around December I could start to try printing with it. Nervously I turned the first print – it was perfect!    2015_02_07 Bilder av pressen_5_komp

Amazing German precision, I know now why my father so much appreciated and depended on this wonderful machinery.

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The show at Artifact is open

The opening of the show ‘Over the Edge’ at Artifact in New York (84 Orchard St, Lower East side) on Wednesday March 6th was fine with many people and good opportunities to discuss printmaking with the audience as well as fellow artists and printmakers. It will now show in the gallery until March 24th. The show is divided on two rooms on separate floors and consists of 18 intaglios, mostly etchings in combined tecniques and some dry points. talking prints with fellow artists

Show at ARTIFACT in New York

On Wednesday this week (March 6th) I will open the exhibit ‘Over the Edge’ at Artifact Gallery on 84 Orchard St in New York. The gallery has choosen around 18 prints, mostly etchings and a few dry points, from the last 12 years of production. The opening reception is at 6 PM - should you happen to be in the area!

I was invited by the gallerist Serge Gregorian one and a half year ago to have a show at his gallery, which then had the name ‘New Art Center’ and was in the 7th floor close to Times Square. Since then the gallery has moved to a ground floor space on Orchard Street in Lower East side i New York and is now named Artifact (www.artifactnyc.net)

This is my first presentation in the US with at complete exhibition and it’s of course going to be interesting to see the reaction of an american audience. In the press release the gallery writes:

Whether by inclusion of panoramic scenes of the Nordic landscape or through close-ups studies, Martin Due’s etchings have within them a holistic quality that overrides the particulars we see framed within the vision of each subject matter. There is a palpable and necessary condition of positive ambiguity and other-worldliness in the artist’s works which pervades each scene and which brings it to an exquisitely high level of intelligibility There is that intangible “more” at play in the artist’s work whose very aura of suggestiveness, so hard to pin down and express in words, is proof of its measure.

The artist writes: ”My theme and line of work have earlier often been the storytelling aspects of stone structures and eroding mountain landscapes – for me perceived as metaphors of time and an indefinite changing and recreative process. Sometimes I have worked with identifiable landscape motifs, but since the story of the landscape often is revealed both in the large formations just as well as in the tiny details of the fractured stone, I often have constructed pictures where the large form and the small detail can play together and comment each other.”

This pre-verbal apprehension of the world, this feeling – tone that pervades Due’s work is one in which the slow and hazy flow of time seems to be materialized through light. It is through the passage of the sun’s rays that the viewer understands Due’s meditative approach to his calling, which evokes the capturing of the sublime moment. Each image, seemingly placid and well directed to engage meditations on the sublimities of natural wonders. The viewer is left to ponder on the distinctions that are made between an image of glaciers and rocks as “nature” and the concept of an etched and sometimes colored landscape itself, an acculturated construct.

 A Norwegian artist, through his etched descriptions encourages us to consider the “fugitive” Immateriality of the world. Paradoxically, it is the artist’s immersion within this immateriality, this grounding within the very stuff of life that sharpens his observational skills. The end result is a switching between different levels of reality, from the mundane to the exalted to the sublime and back. In his seeming determination to explore the extremes of the landscape, the artist becomes an extraordinary recorder of the ordinary gestures of nature.

 For more information and visuals ­­­­please contact ARTIFACT.

 

 

‘Bill of Blogging’

It can perhaps be of some interest for some that looks into my work on this webpage, to know more about what I currently am occupied with as an artist. My aim is therefore to write about events related to my work such as exhibitions, new works or other related matters.

The updates will be somewhat irregular, as artistic work in itself often is, but regardless of regularity the aim af any artist is to communicate with an audience. Over time I hope that this blog will contribute to such a communication.

Therefore I would be most happy to hear reactions and comments on either content on the webpage or responses to the content of this blog, so please feel free to comment or to contact me directly through mail and/or phone.

Martin Due – visual artist/printmaker