COMMA 38: Arnaud Desjardin

COMMA 38: Arnaud Desjardin

For Comma 38, artist and publisher Arnaud Desjardin will exhibit new, old, rare, and popular books while running an active printing press in Bloomberg Space. His COMMA commission, part of an ongoing project titled The Book on Books on Artists’ Books, is intended to create an active and participatory review of current and historical practice. This exhibition is about both the display of books on artists’ books and the production of a book about the books displayed. He intends to print a first edition, a book of books, a critical anthology and source book, in which a large range of books on artists’ books will be displayed in a series of vitrines.

Artists’ books have normally been sold and distributed through small networks of bookshops and galleries that often produce lists of available titles in printed form. The advent of the Internet has meant that information online has changed the nature of this documentary evidence. Desjardin’s unique and extraordinary combination of display and production makes an exhibition that actively engages in both the making and disseminating in real time. The books themselves become both vehicles for information and documents that testify for artistic activity in its own right.

July 29th , 6pm -7.30pm – Evening Discussion
Clive Phillpot, Eleanor Vonne Brown and Arnaud Desjardin will discuss the past and future of Artist¹s publishing, Chaired by Sacha Craddock. Free, but booking advised at

July 30th, 11.00 – 5.00pm – One Day Event
One DAY Event at Bloomberg SPACE will provide a platform for the display, reading, exchanging and distributing of publications. The social aspect of the dissemination of artist¹s books is an often overlooked aspect of the reality of artists publishing. This event will provide a setting where presentations and exchanges can take place. A variety of people; publishers, librarians, collectors, artists and curators involved in artists publishing will attend. A catalogue of the publications on display will be produced as a memento mori of the event.
Publishers include: The Everyday Press, Occasional Papers, Dent-De-Leone, Information as Material, And Publishing, Fraser Muggeridge Studio, Ella Finer, Sara Mackillop, Tom Benson, Roland Brauchli, The Coelacanth Press, X Marks the Bökship and others. Events include a performance by Ella Finer 12.30 & launch of new book ‘Faded Paper’ by Sara MacKillop at 4pm.

Bloomberg Space, London

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