daniel martin at zebra one gallery

Daniel Martin

Daniel Martin


Daniel (1982) lives and works in Leiden, the Netherlands. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Exhibitions include, the National Museum of Revolution, Cuba. Duo with Phillip Akkerman, The Hague; SOHD, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen; El Pez Soluble Gallery, Mexico; Booth Gallery, New York; The Who Gallery, London; Den Gallery, Kuwait city; Thinkspace, Los Angeles.


Daniel is co-founder of artist initiative Arthouse which organizes several projects and runs two residencies (NL/MEX). In 2019 he co-founded the annual 1606 project that facilitates cross cultural connections between international artists in collaboration with PaintGuide and the University of Leiden among other local partners in The Netherlands and Mexico.

"The action of dropping a series of objects on the ground causes a consequence that in itself already has a clear aesthetic composition, but what then is the artist if not a facilitator of gravity and the work of art the outcome of this simple movement. The clear difference between chance or banality and expression is simply recognition, the paradoxical simplicity that exists between work and play, between beauty and ugliness and ultimately, between life and art. Said recognition differentiates the sensible from the pragmatic and positivistic, so, sensibility explains the work of Daniel Martin. His work, unlike many of his contemporaries, focuses on ambiguous outcomes and denies a clear objective, each piece is an exploration between deformation, decay, truth and untruth. The physical objects (which are usually randomly chosen ready-mades) or what he calls matter, are the primary medium which is manipulated during the creative process, but these objects are contextualized into aesthetic reproductions of structural patterns. The ambiguity that these finished compositions represent could be explained as a place where progress is an absolute."

Daniel's latest project see's him exploring the digital realm and collaborating with his friend and fellow artist Henrik Uldalen an area he is very familiar with as he has a background as a digital creative.

The Project

Black Square Mark is an online exhibition space to explore collaborations between interdisciplinary artists in digital and traditional art forms. The project grows in time with new spaces to see and art to experience.

Black Square Mark is a project that embraces limitation as a path towards creation, the simplicity of the idea (the metamorphosis of a black three-dimensional square) seeks to establish a Tabula Rasa of sorts, a perception of a process that is born from the understanding of a form in order to complexify it.

The Original Black Square

Black Square (also known as The Black Square or Malevich's Black Square) is an iconic painting by Kazimir Malevich. The first version was done in 1915. Malevich made four variants of which the last is thought to have been painted during the late 1920s or early 1930s. Black Square was first shown in The Last Futurist Exhibition 0,10 in 1915. The work is frequently invoked by critics, historians, curators, and artists as the "zero point of painting", referring to the painting's historical significance and paraphrasing Malevich.