Elisabeth Tonnard: Reading into writing

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
6:30 – 8:30pm

Elisabeth Tonnard: Reading into writing

On Wednesday, September 24, Dutch artist and poet Elisabeth Tonnard will introduce her latest artist book They Were Like Poetry (2014), and share her approach to teasing out the many latent messages and poetic meanings she finds buried in extant texts and images. They Were Like Poetry, which consists of poems based on a suggestion by James Joyce, will be presented at the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 September 26-28. Tonnard’s award-winning works range from a book that is completely invisible, to a book containing a short story that swallowed a novel, to a book that is a swimming pool. At 1@111 she will discuss her use of white space, erasure, parataxis, juxtaposition, repetition, and the complexities involved in envisioning new works out of established ones, in They Were Like Poetry as well as earlier works such as Let us go then, you and I (2003) and Whiteout (2006).

During the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 from September 26-28, Elisabeth Tonnard will be at booth B17 in the Small Press Dome.

  detail:  They Were Like Poetry  (2014) .   Image courtesy of  the artist.

detail: They Were Like Poetry (2014).  Image courtesy of  the artist.

Elisabeth Tonnard has published over thirty books in which texts and images extracted from the cultural archive are processed and laid out to present poetic messages and manifest meanings. Her books are held in numerous public and private collections including: the Bibliothèque de France, Brooklyn Museum, Centre Pompidou, International Center for Photography, MoMA Library, New York Public Library, Tate Library and the Walker Art Center. Last year J&L Books released a trade edition of In this Dark Wood. Tonnard is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2013 Kleine Hans (Little Hans) Award. In November 2014 the Van Abbemuseum in The Netherlands will present an exhibition of all of Tonnard's book works to date. 

For more information, visit: elisabethtonnard.com