About MARTIJN HENDRIKS
DIMENSIONS: 200 x 50 x 40 cm
MATERIAL: found steel, aluminum, epoxy resin, glass fiber, pigments
BOTTOM PRICE: 1500 euro
The work Spoon (2016) was made to live a double life. On the one hand, it was purposely made to resemble a simple utilitarian tool that everyone knows and uses. On the other hand, the work was made to push the idea of how an art work is seen and circulates, questioning the assumption that works of art are best seen in neutral spaces. When it was made in 2016, it was first shown in a rented Volvo V80 parked for a week in a shopping mall parking lot. Subsequently it spent time in hotel rooms with doors left open and was the starting point of a group show at Marwan in Amsterdam in 2020 – 2021 that saw the space gradually taken over by a growing crowd of oversized cutlery.
The work of Martijn Hendriks revolves around the transformation of fragmented cultural narratives into sculptural installations and photographs, often building these up through disparate elements that eventually come together in a larger plan over the course of years. He was born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, 1973 and currently lives and works in Amsterdam. Previous exhibitions include the New Museum, New York City, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Martin van Zomeren Gallery, Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, De Vleeshal, Middelburg, Temporary Gallery, Cologne, the Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, De Hallen Haarlem, and Marwan in Amsterdam. He is a tutor at the independent artists’ institute De Ateliers since 2014.