Book Arts

Artists’ Books Exhibitions in the Bower Ashton Library cases, UWE, Bristol, UK

Timglaset Editions

Monday 1st – Sunday 28th February 2021*

Timglaset Editions is a Swedish publisher operating in the borderland between trade publishing and artists’ books. Timglaset Editions has published visual poetry, asemic writing, collage poetry, conceptual poetry with a visual component and other forms of expression blurring the borders between literature and the visual arts.

The print runs are short and most of the books have handmade touches, but prices are kept low in an effort to democratise the availability of high class book products in the chosen field of publication. The readership is international, Timglaset books are being collected by private collections and libraries around the world.

Joakim Norling is the founding editor and publisher of Timglaset, he is also on the arranging committee of MABB, the Malmö Artists’ Books Biennial. As well as the physical books on display at Bower Ashton, you can view and download some fee pdfs of Timglaset editions at the address below.

Some recent publications highlighted in this exhibition include:

Hartmut Abendschein, Asemic Walks
(Second edition, December 2020). Hartmut Abendschein lives and works in Bern, Switzerland. These 50 maps for pataphysical inspections have been printed on transparent paper and can be put on top of any other map, creating new paths of discovery in any landscape. Comes with nine statements by travellers from six different countries in four different languages. More information here.

Sacha Archer, Mother’s Milk
Mother’s Milk is a selection of the rubber stamp based concrete poems Sacha Archer (Canada) produced during a short time span past winter. These poems are teeming with the life suggested by the title. “Archer entwines us in titillating tentacles of unfettered lettrocity, ensnaring us in a Triassic triage of thresholds and thaw. His work gorgeously leaks and spills, and from these fated inky puddles new species of language are born—bloody and amniotic, wailing as they dance in uninhibited animalistic frenzy.” Kate Siklosi. More information here.

psw, abstract emotions
abstract emotions is the fifth artist’s book in the TYPEWRITTEN series, edited by psw and published by Plaugolt SatzWechsler and Timglaset. These minimalist typewritings are an hommage to Agnes Martin. They delight in symmetry – and imperfection. Tightly controlled yet emotional, they preserve mistakes that may not be evident at first look. Like in Martin’s work the traces of the human hand are always present. The book contains 15 typographics and a printer’s summary page. Printed on psw’s Gestetner 320 mimeograph, handbound edition of 45. More information here.

ege berensel, process poems
The second artist’s book in the TYPEWRITTEN series, edited and produced by Plaugolt SatzWechsler and published by psw and Timglaset Editions, is process poems by Turkish poet and artist ege berensel. These poems were written on an Oliver Courier typewriter between 1995 and 2000. The book contains 9 process poems, all of them processed variations on poems by pioneers like bpNichol, Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt and Claus Bremer, a manifesto and a printer’s summary page. More information here.

Lina Nordenström, every letter b be come become
Swedish book artist Lina Nordenström’s every letter b be come become is a work one wouldn’t hesitate to call meta-poetic but for the fact that Nordenström insists she is not a poet. Over the course of 15 pages carefully typed on an Olympia typewriter and hand drawn, Nordenström investigates the particles that constitute language with an acute feeling for the sounds and shapes of letters and words.

every letter… is playful, rhythmic and made with great awareness of the spatial properties of typed language. It has a jazzy, improvised feel to it but is carefully constructed. Puns, wordplay, alliteration and assonance are some of the tools frequently used but Nordenström also shifts seamlessly between English and Swedish, and back again, when it suits her purposes, thereby uncovering similarities and differences in the use of language particles. More information here.

Timglaset strives to make free pdfs available of all books and zines that have gone out of print. Please be welcome to feast on the publications here.

For information on all Timglaset titles please visit their website.

*Physical books will be displayed in the library cabinets but due to current Covid 19 measures we cannot currently welcome visitors. We will be sharing the books with the public online via the links above and UWE Bristol Library’s Twitter feed. Up to date info can be found here.

UWE Bristol, City Campus at Bower Ashton, Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol BS3 2JT.