Every week, Het Nieuwe Instituut invites a designer to create a cover for the website in response to the question: What’s occupying you now? This week: Harmen Liemburg.
Harmen Liemburg (1966) originally trained as a cartographer, later pursuing a more expressive direction and studying at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Now based in Arnhem, he has worked as a graphic designer and screen printer since 1998, focusing on autonomous work. For every project, he immerses himself in the visual aspects of the subject, including clichés and apparent trivia. The visual building blocks he collects this way are often redrawn and adapted for the screen-printing technique. “Individual elements are combined in a poetic way to acquire a new role and meaning,” he explains. “Every project is a graphic exploration in itself, with which I expand my playing field within visual and material culture.”