An image is a picture of a picture. This phrase sprang from my mind as a paraphrase of Gertrude Stein’s famous quote a rose is a rose is a rose, when I became acquainted with Martin Gams special digital visual constructions.

The pictures are perfect virtual visual compositions created on the basis of already existing images that have been interwoven with other images, layer upon layer, sampled liked music until a totally new image appear, one that have never existed before nor will again!

The pictures are amazing constructions interwoven by electronic lights and colours that give each picture a strange kind of depth as were they real 2D or 3D structures. It takes a great technical skill on one side, and on the other side, there is a sensitivity and sympathetic aesthetic and artistic nerve which turn them into new images of unknown value. Images are transformed from technical constructions to a new form of electronic painting. And what is interesting here, is not the years of work with a brush or spatula. It’s about the man with the ‘mouse’ who dissects and re-assembles or combines images from completely different contexts, giving them a new magical life, from where they become a whole new kind of integrated visual form.

It is tempting to use images of various machine parts, for they contain a wealth of wires and connections through surcharges and working to become the new constructions of modern Storm P connotation. But Gam is fortunately far and is working with portraits, landscapes and nature, which is equivalent to a new reality through computer image onto the print at a traditional media like paper, canvas or metal plate. Through the process of wall charts used technique ironically seen twice, both as a new technique and something that eventually turned into an analogue image. It is indeed a risky process, as many, so called, computer artists over time really has come to map opposite, because the images had to die. Martin Gams images containing a particular processing and quality, so this is not done for his photos, reflecting his professional approach.

It is clear that Gams method provides for a display area, working with the chaotic, because the image on the image tends to create chaos. But still felt Gams oversight and willingness to rein in the chaos and give it structure and shape, which is precisely the task of art. So even if there’s something apocalyptic than many of the big pictures, so there somewhere, something the eye can find rest in, and discover that there exists chaos in the cosmos. In other images – not least machine images – there is also a lightness and play with colours and shapes, which suggest a humorous approach.

Erik Meistrup

ROTTERDAM CONTEMPORARY 2017 – Gallery Hjorth
8. FEBRUARY – 12. FEBRUARY – World Trade Center Rotterdam – Netherlands
Niels Corfitzen / Pabi Chulo / Martin Gam / June Jin Engelharth / Siri Gindesgaard

ART HERNING 2017 – Gallery Hjorth
27. JANUARY – 29. JANUARY 2017 – MCH Herning Kongrescenter

LAST CHANCE – Gallery Hjorth
3. DECEMBER – 23. DECEMBER 2016
Gregers Albrechtsen / Siri Gindesgsard / June Jin Engelharth / Niels Corfitzen / Martin Gam / Lauge Voigt / Rasmus Rinhack / Kristoffer Martensen

WIRED – Martin Gam / Pabi Chulo
5. NOVEMBER – 26. NOVEMBER 2016

SELECTED ART FAIR – Gallery Hjorth
26 – 28 AUGUST 2016 – Bella Center Copenhagen

ART HERNING 2016 – Gallery Hjorth
29. JANUARY – 31. JANUARY 2016 – MCH Herning Kongrescenter

PULS´16 Gallerie Wolfsen
9. JANUARY 2016 – GROUP SHOW
Matthew John Sherwood / Alex Diamond / Mikael Takács / Martin Gam
Mads Spinx / Hans Mark Posey / Lidia Masllorens / Justin Hager
Claire Johnsom / Patrick Shoemaker

ART COPENHAGEN 2015 – Gallery Hjorth
18 SEPTEMBER – 20 SEPTEMBER 2015 in FORUM COPENHAGEN

THE BIRTHDAY SHOW
6. JUNE 2015 – Gallery Hjorth 4 years
Rune Christensen / Anne Dubois Aarsland / Rasmus Rinhack / Martin Gam
Anja Altenburg / Håkon E. Danielsen / Pabi Chulo

ART COPENHAGEN 2014 – Gallery Hjorth
19 SEPTEMBER – 21 SEPTEMBER in FORUM COPENHAGEN

BRØLENDE KRONHJORT 5 APRIL 2014 – Gallery Hjorth
Group show:
Jacob Rantzau / Rune Christensen / Jamie Linley / Rasmus Rinhack
Martin Gam / Anne Risum / Steffen Martin / Bibi Katholm / Jean Grey

THE GOLDEN YEARS – SOLO SHOW – Gallery Hjorth
13 SEPTEMBER – 9 OCTOBER – 2013
The Golden Years series is based on the utopia that lies in the title “The Golden Years”, when you think of golden years, is it
years in your past, now, or in the future? or has all your years been perfect? what does it take for a year to be golden?..

ART COPENHAGEN 2013 – Gallery Hjorth
Martin Gam works from The Golden Years – series
30 AUGUST – 1 SEPTEMBER 2013 in FORUM COPENHAGEN

COPENHAGEN PHOTO FESTIVAL 2011 – Rohde Contemporary
Group show ‘ARTIST+ARTIST’
09.06.11 – 05.08.11
Opening Thursday 9 June from 5-7pm

BREAST FREINDS AUCTION – 3–10 March 2011.
For the second year in a row, Bruun Rasmussen is holding an online auction to raise money for the Breast Friends breast cancer
campaign. The online auction starts on Thursday 3 March and features over 90 artworks you can bid on until Thursday 10 March
2011. Martin Gam has donated the work, TRUST in the size 100×70 cm.

MARTIN GAM AT NICK CLIFFORD CONTEMPORARY
22. January 2011 – Opening 14-17
Works from COVER SERIES – MOTOR SERIES
and ELECTRONIC PAINTINGS. The exhibition runs 1 month.

MARTIN GAM EXHIBITS IN ILLUMS BOLIGHUS, COPENHAGEN.
9. September 2010 from 16-18 is the opening of a exhibition at Illums Bolighus in Copenhagen.
Works from COVER SERIES and MOTOR SERIES.
The exhibition runs 2 months.

Storage on show – Group show 2011, ROHDE CONTEMPORARY, Copenhagen

COPENHAGEN PHOTO FESTIVAL 2010, PHOTOS at ROHDE CONTEMPORARY
15. may – 28. may – 2010
Group show
Ann Sophie Stærk, Anne Marie Ploug, Carina Zunino, Christian Falsnaes, Deborah Sengl, Fanny Baxter, Frederikke Friderichsen,
Hans E. Madsen, Jeannette Ehlers, Jio Shimizu, Judith Fegerl, K Yoland, Lasse Ernlund Lorentzen, Martin Gam, Nikolaj Recke,
Sonja Lillebæk Christensen, Søren Dahlgaard, Thomas Bang, Torben Ebbesen