Elisabeth Tonnard

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Exhibition ‘The Library’ in Groningen

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On January 16 my exhibition ‘The Library’ opens at Galerie Block C in Groningen. The opening is at 4 PM and the show will run until February 27.

The Library consists of a series of eight archival pigment ink prints and a small bookwork in an edition of 150 copies.

The images in it are tiny selections from pictures in a catalogue documenting the losses of the Gemäldegalerie at the Kaiser Friedrich Museum, the present-day Bode Museum, in Berlin during and after World War II. The Gemäldegalerie lost over four hundred paintings, the sculpture collection at the museum lost about a third of its holdings. Photographic documentation and plaster casts remain as ghostly echoes of what was once there. The majority of losses occurred in the days just before and after the end of the war in May 1945 when two devastating fires in the Friedrichshain flak tower destroyed most of the major works of art that had been stored there for safekeeping. The cause of the fires was never explained and has become the subject of legend. Trapped in there were the paintings these images refer to. Out of the smoke we think up this library of unknown books.

In the exhibition at Galerie Block C there will also be a selection of my artist’s books that appropriate literary works on view, as well as the first trials of a new project titled The Death of the Poet.

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January 4, 2016 at 11:58 am

Song of Myself

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I celebrate myself, and sing myself

My book Song of Myself: American Renaissance launches on December 11. The book consists of texts collected from the Facebook pages of Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman.

It is available as a small pocket book priced at €15,- and as a special edition that can also be used for exhibition. The image above is taken of an installation of the latter at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin where the book will launch at Friends with Books.

The special edition consists of 58 inkjet printed sheets at A3 size in an archival folder. There are seven copies plus one artist proof. In the colophon each of the seven copies is associated with one of the poets that appear in the project, i.e. there is Edgar Allan Poe’s copy, Emily Dickinson’s, Henry David Thoreau’s, Herman Melville’s, etcetera. If you are ordering the edition you can choose which copy you’d like (check if it’s still available). The edition is priced at €745,-

More images and information can be found here.
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The project will be exhibited at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam from January 24 – May 8 in the exhibition Quickscan.

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Oceanus, new print

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I’ve made a new print run of my book Oceanus which had gone out of availability. For this print run a few typographical changes were introduced, plus the cover is now in black and white and no longer laminated. The whole book is now also printed on a 100% recycled paper stock which gives a new expression to the work and moreover qualifies for both the ISO 9706 norm for longevity and the Blue Angel environmental label.

To celebrate, there is a new reduced price, you can purchase the book now at €35,- plus shipping. Note that due to travel orders will be sent out in the beginning of October. I’ll have a few copies of the book available at my table at the New York Art Book Fair next week.

Read more about the book here.

 

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September 10, 2015 at 5:39 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.

Order through the webshop or through email.

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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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