13 Tattoos; WITH Artist's proof signed by the artist WITH Prospectus initialed by the artist

Bennington, VT: The Bird Press, 2011. Signed Limited Edition. Wraps. Fine.


Copy 14/25, signed and numbered by the artist, accompanied by an artist's proof of Tattoo #6, signed and noted "AP" in pencil on the verso by the artist, and a copy of the prospectus initialed by the artist. 16 unnumbered leaves (including title page and two blanks). Subtitled "Tattoo proposals," Dennerline describes 13 Tattoos as a document exploring the many-faceted subject of tattoos, in which tattoos are considered more broadly than as pictures or elements of style. Tattoos could comprise anything from scars, animated drawings, body parts, or even a metaphysical connection between body and soul. A second layer of red printed information serves as a kind of note taking or commentary over the black and white woodblock imagery. The International Print Center (NY) particularly highlighted Dennerline's "gothic woodblock and letterpress images" in 13 Tattoos in their press release announcing the New Prints 2012/Winter exhibition featuring the work of only 45 artists selected from a submission pool of over 2,300. Thorsten Dennerline produces paintings, drawings and artists’ books. The main focus of all the work originates from an interest in poetry and the relationship between text and image. This has led to collaborative projects with writers in book form and paintings and drawing projects that explore the poetic possibilities of the landscape. He received a BFA from the University of Massachusetts in 1994 and an MFA from Syracuse University in 1997. He has exhibited his work across the U.S., Valparaiso, Chile, and Copenhagen and other cities in Denmark. His prints and books are included in numerous collections including The Saint Louis Art Museum, Kunstindustri Museet in Copenhagen Denmark, Mortimer Rare Book Room­ Smith College, Yale University Library, University of Vermont Special Collections, the Library of Congress and libraries at Stanford University and UCLA. His paintings have been exhibited in Chile, Denmark and the U.S. Most recently he has had solo exhibitions at Galleri Tom Christoffersen in Copenhagen and group exhibitions at IPCNY in New York City and Dishman Art Museum in Beaumont, Texas. He is currently on the faculty at Bennington College. Woodblock prints and photopolymer letterpress details printed on handmade Richard de Bas paper. Side-sewn stab binding, soft covers and spine are Japanese cloth backed with black paper. Book housed in a four flap enclosure made from a heavy-weight Hahnemuhle handmade paper. Bright red cloth front cover and white paper enclosure are silkscreened in black with a design derived from the imagery in Tattoo #12. All carving, printing, and binding by Thorsten Dennerline. Letterpress printed at Wild Carrot Press (Hadley, MA). Enclosure: 39cm x 13.2cm. Book: 38.8cm x 12.9cm. Print: 38.1cm x 12.5cm.