It seems so simple. Place one thing. Then add another. Look at what happens, think about it, then consider adding one more. These steps are the foundation for almost everything he makes and everything he sees. Martin Venezky’s work is an accumulation of small relationships, created with patience over time. In this special online edition of our Salon Series, he will explain how this method developed, and how he has used it in all sorts of projects, in all sorts of media, from minute to monumental. And how, ultimately, the wildly unexpected results are a reflection of his own eccentricities.
Martin Venezky is a designer and artist based in San Francisco, California. Throughout his career as a graphic designer, while specializing in book design and typography, Venezky has maintained a deep and continued interest in photographic process and abstraction. For the past several years, he has created new bodies of work in photography and photographic installation.
Venezky has an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and an MFA in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has taught at RISD and CalArts and, for over 25 years, at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where he is currently Professor in the Graduate Design Program. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art honored Venezky with a 2001 solo exhibition, and, in 2005, his monograph, It Is Beautiful...Then Gone, was published by Princeton Architectural Press. In 2015 Venezky was inducted into the esteemed Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). In 2018, San Francisco’s Letterform Archive acquired an extensive collection of is work, studies and process for their permanent collection.