Elisabeth Tonnard

Article in Ons Erfdeel


In the May issue of the magazine Ons Erfdeel, literary scholar Jack van der Weide discusses the role of white space and erasure in my work in his article titled ‘Ontschrijven’. Read it in Ons Erfdeel, 2, 2015.

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May 17, 2015 at 6:36 pm

Poetry International

One Swimming Pool will be exhibited during Poetry International in Rotterdam from June 7 – 13. The book will be on view at the Rotterdamse Schouwburg in the context of the language & ART Gallery Tour. A timelapse video made during one of its installations on the floor will also be shown.

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May 10, 2015 at 9:23 pm

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Shine On


In celebration of World Book Night 2015 this film showing miniature models made in response to Stephen King’s book The Shining was made at the Centre for Fine Print Research in Bristol. A book of the project is also forthcoming. An overview of models here.

Model Makers: Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck, Craig Atkinson, Sarah Bodman, Angie Butler, Si Butler, Nancy Campbell, Anna Cooper, Jeremy Dixon, Lilla Duignan, Sara Elgerot/Rare Autumn, Su Fahy, Hazel Grainger, Charlotte Hall, Paul Laidler, Pauline Lamont-Fisher, Gwen Simpson, Simon Smith, Tom Sowden, Angela Thames, Elisabeth Tonnard, Stephanie Turnbull, Corinne Welch, Linda Williams, Philippa Wood, Clare Wyatt.

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April 25, 2015 at 10:30 am

Residency in Berlin

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Starting in April I’ll be working at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. The residency was awarded by the Mondriaan Fund.

If you are ordering books in the coming months and are very rushed, please email me first since there may be slight delays in shipping. If you’re in Berlin and would like to see work or discuss life, go ahead and use that email form too.

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March 18, 2015 at 6:12 pm

Exhibition Sequence I

The exhibition Sequence I aims to show Dutch artists’ books in an international context. It draws from the collections of the Groninger Museum and private collector Henk Woudsma and is curated by Henk Woudsma, Rein Jelle Terpstra and Barthold Boksem. See the invite here and a list of works on view here.

On view at Academie Minerva in Groningen, The Netherlands, from March 12 – 27.

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February 26, 2015 at 12:38 pm

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In this Dark Wood on the Photocaptionist

In this Dark Wood is featured on the Photocaptionist blog. Photobook experts were asked to indicate a favorite book that combines images and texts. Curator Hester Keijser’s post can be read here.

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February 1, 2015 at 12:50 pm

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Exhibition In Peril on the Sea


My work will be on view in the exhibition In Peril on the Sea: Sailing Ships, Stormy Seas, curated by Clive Phillpot at CHELSEA space in London. The exhibition runs from 28 January 2015 to 20 March 2015, with a private view on 27 January, 18:00–20.30.

From the press release:
Taking an excerpt from the text written for the booklet, A Voyage on the North Sea (1974) by the Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers, “It is up to the attentive reader to find out what devilish motive inspired this book’s publication” as a provocation, the exhibition sets out to question and explore ‘motive’ and ‘decoy’ within artistic and curatorial practice.

Both a film and book, A Voyage on the North Sea were distributed together as part of the same package. Thematically connected, the works mutually consisted of 19th and 20th century nautical images including photographic reproductions of an amateur ‘grand master’ painting along with a photograph of a contemporary sailboat. This work, along with many of Broodthaers’ written, object-based and site-specific environments were not widely known in his lifetime – but this work has latterly been canonised within the sphere of contemporary art, not least in part by attention of the renowned US critic Rosalind Krauss in such works as A Voyage on the North Sea: Art in the Age of the Post-Medium Condition (2000).

Looking at artists who, like Broodthaers, approach art production from a post-medium perspective, the exhibition will display works from Lawrence Weiner and Ed Ruscha that contemplate the mysterious and somewhat perilous nature of making and showing art – by being, manifestly, ‘at sea’. Reproductions of nautical works by Willem van de Velde the Younger, Peter Monamy and J.M.W. Turner, unobtainable in their original formats, will be presented via forms of secondary documentation, endlessly accessible and reproducible via printed or digital means.

Book works by Helen Douglas and Elisabeth Tonnard as well as other works from the Special Collections at Chelsea will be on display alongside ephemera and other items.

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January 19, 2015 at 3:58 pm

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