The Leporello Series978-91-983957-7-8
by Artist book
For The Leporello Series, ll’Editions has invited a select group of international artists to contribute. Each artist is given carte blanche, restricted only by the accordion format and its ten panels (recto). To date, participating artists include (in order of appearance) Heimo Zobernig, Micah Lexier, Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press, Ryan Gander, Shannon Ebner, Maurizio Nannucci, Karl Holmqvist and Jonathan Monk.
Inhabiting a space between book and paper sculpture, the Leporellos are printed on delicate Mohawk Superfine Eggshell paper. Each volume in the series is limited to 250 numbered copies and come in a bespoke rigid box, with the title hot foiled both on its front and on its spine, allowing it to sit comfortably in a bookshelf when not on display.
The Leporello Series
ll'eitions, 2021 - 2022
Leporello N° 01 by Heimo Zobernig
For the first volume in The Leporello Series, Vienna based artist Heimo Zobernig makes optimal use of the accordion format, allowing rhythmic wording and typography to seamlessly transcend from individual words and phrases to shapes and structure. Repetition plays an integral role as the borders between the conjoined pages blur.
Leporello N° 02 by Micah Lexier
A number of years ago Micah Lexier purchased a small paperback publication about the game of dominoes. The very end of the book consisted of a series of pages that reproduced a complete set of twenty-eight domino tiles. The images were printed on right-hand pages, four to a page, while the left-hand pages were blank. The idea was that you were supposed to cut these images out of the book and glue them to empty matchboxes to create your own do-it-yourself set. That sequence of pages, combined with the quality of their reproductions, was the inspiration for Lexier’s leporello. To that, he added two favourite print techniques – perforations and die-cut holes – to create a set of ten domino tiles. Lexier chose the denomination of each tile and its order in the leporello so that none of the thirty-four die-cut holes line up with each other, allowing each hole to be misread as a printed white domino dot.
Leporello N° 03 by Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press
Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press does not waste words in BAD REVIEW. Both deadpan and playful, Banner’s Leporello N° 03 uses images from her work Portrait of an Alphabet, 2009; a series of images made in a photo booth, reconfigured to read Bad Review.
The sudden flash disrupts the notion of privacy behind the curtain in the narrow booth, only just large enough to fit a small chair. The artist is shielded by the large scale typographic print-outs she holds up. Only slight details; a glitch here and parts of a hand there, reveals the process behind the work.
For Banner, often incorporating language and text in her work, the work can be seen as a form of self-portrait. A portrait of the artist as a typeface.
Leporello N° 08 by Jonathan Monk
Following Ryan Gander’s moon sequence in Leporello N° 04, Jonathan Monk proposes that a new day is dawning. Saving himself the cumbersome task of yet again* walking in Ed Ruscha’s footsteps along the seemingly endless Sunset strip, Monk captures the zeitgeist through more accessible means. With the camera of his iPhone 12 set to Panoramic mode, Monk photographed Ruscha’s 1966 milestone artist’s book – perhaps the most celebrated book to ever utilize the leporello format.
99 x 142 mm (folded), 990 x 142 mm(plano), Mohawk superfine eggshell ultrawhite 175g / Artists' books in rigid box
Edition of 250