Elisabeth Tonnard

The New York Art Book Fair

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The tenth edition of the New York Art Book Fair will be held at MoMA PS1 from September 17-20. For the third year in a row I’m sharing a table with Joachim Schmid. We both published a number of books since last year and look forward to presenting them. New titles I’ll bring to the fair include: Wiederholungszwang, The Lovers, Husch!, Mein Buch and Tischblumenbilder.

We’ll be in the big room on the 2nd floor this year, the table number is N42. For practicalities visit: http://nyartbookfair.com/about/

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August 14, 2015 at 7:43 pm

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Discussion of four books

Johan Velter discusses my four recent publications on his sfcdt blog. The text is in Dutch and can be read here.

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July 15, 2015 at 2:54 pm

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Talk at Picture Berlin

Next week I’ll give a presentation about my work in the context of Picture Berlin.
Time: July 22 at 8.30 pm.
Location: tête, Schönhauser Allee 161A, 10435 Berlin.
This talk is free and open to everyone.

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July 15, 2015 at 2:35 pm

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Tischblumenbilder

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Tischblumenbilder (‘Tableflowerpictures’) is the third and final of my recent publications in German. It reflects on the declension of adjectives in the German language (or as Mark Twain would say, ‘The Awful German Language’). The book consists of words found in an instruction table that presented declensions of three nouns with adjectives. I stamped these phrases by hand, thereby causing fluctuations from phrase to phrase and from booklet to booklet, mimicking the constant flow of word form variations that German presents due to the required identification of grammatical case, number and gender. The pairing of two phrases on each page also causes subtle shifts of meaning.

Realized at Künstlerhaus Bethanien during a residency awarded by the Mondriaan Fonds.

Stamped with archival black ink, booklet size 11 x 19 cm, 24 pages.

Edition limited to 50 numbered copies.

Priced at € 24,- plus shipping. See some images here.

Published in Berlin, 2015.

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July 3, 2015 at 10:34 am

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Husch!

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Another recent publication in German, Husch! is a small book containing two poems composed from sentences found in a grammar book (Hermann Sanders’ Kurzgefaßtes Lehrbuch der Deutschen Sprache für Chinesen which was first published in 1922). The first poem is titled ‘Was ich weiss’ (What I know), the second poem is ‘Das Wetter’ (The Weather). Each page carries only one line and the lines move about the pages in a free manner.

Published in Berlin, June 2015.

Edition of 65 numbered copies. Black & white printing, perfect bound paperback. Size 10.5 x 14.8 cm, 84 pages.

Priced at € 18,- plus shipping. See some images here.

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July 2, 2015 at 2:32 pm

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Mein Buch

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Another new book that I released is Mein Buch (‘my book’). It reflects on the declension of possessive pronouns in the German language and consists of stamped words which are all declensions of the word ‘mein’ (German for ‘my’ or ‘mine’). The stamping causes fluctuations from word to word and from booklet to booklet, mimicking the constant (and to the novice learner bewildering) flow of word form variations that German presents due to the required identification of grammatical case, number and gender.

Realized at Künstlerhaus Bethanien during a residency awarded by the Mondriaan Fonds.

Stamped with archival black ink, booklet size 11 x 19 cm, 24 pages.

Edition limited to 50 numbered copies.

Priced at € 24,- plus shipping. See some images here.

Published in Berlin, 2015.

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June 30, 2015 at 2:56 pm

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The Lovers

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I published a new book titled The Lovers. It is based around screenshots that were made while watching ‘Discarded: Joachim Schmid and the Anti-Museum,’ a video about Joachim Schmid’s work, realized by the Hillman Photography Initiative at the Carnegie Museum of Art in 2014. At one point in this documentary Schmid is at a flea market in Berlin, looking through a pile of junked photographs. For a brief moment his perusal and the movements of his hands caused the stack to tell a story.

Full color digital printing, 24 page stapled brochure, size 21 x 28 cm, in enclosure size 23 x 32 cm.

Edition limited to 100 numbered copies.

Priced at € 28,- plus shipping. See some images here.

Published in Berlin, 2015.

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June 28, 2015 at 10:58 pm

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