Tokyo Papers / Karel Martens (Special Edition with Seoul Portraits)


A collection of 41 monoprints created by Dutch graphic designer and typographer Karel Martens between 2019 and 2020.

In 2018, Martens received a package from artist-curator Pierre Leguillon that contained filled-in Japanese forms which he had found at a street market in Tokyo. Martens was intrigued by the collection of thin paper with a rectangular black-blue layer of carbon on the back. In 2019 he started to print on these back sides, but because the overprinting on the carbon layer caused unwanted damage, he switched to printing them on the front sides as well.  “The closing image is related to Tokyo in a different way,” he explains.

This special edition of Tokyo Papers comes bundled with the publication Seoul Portraits. This work brings together a selection of portraits from the digital guest book collected during the 2018/2019 exhibition Karel Martens: Still Moving at Platform-L in Seoul, Korea. The publication was printed in a limited edition, originally compiled for Extra Extra Magazine #15.

Designed by Karel Martens with Roger Willem

Published by Roma Publications, 2020
Out of print, rare copy

80 pages, full color, 6.3 × 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-9-49-281183-7

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