Michalis Pichler, 555 SCHNAPSPRESSE SONNETS, FOLDED, STAPLED AND SOLD IN CHUNKS OF 5, Lubok Verlag, Leipzig, 2014, 210 x 148mm, ISBN: 978-3-941601-97-0
555 SCHNAPSPRESSE SONNETS, FOLDED, STAPLED AND SOLD IN CHUNKS OF 5 is a variation of a sonnet written by Rossetti in 1871, re-written by Carrión in 1972 and subsequently re-written by Pichler since 2009.
In 1972, Ulises Carrión produced his first artist’s book SONNET(S), which consists of a 44 variations of Dante Gabriel Rosetti’s ‘Heart’s Compass’. Using the language like a material, Carrión writes variations of Rossetti’s poem over and over again on a typewriter. This book is now considered Carrión’s first artist’s book. In 2009 Michalis Pichler created 44 new variations in a book titled SOME MORE SONNET(S), the last page of which announced a multitude of ‘OTHER SONNET(S)’ – mostly imaginary.
Exploring the materiality of language, how books travel into the world, and how a fragmented printrun can constitute an organic piece, 555 SCHNAPSPRESSE SONNETS, FOLDED, STAPLED AND SOLD IN CHUNKS OF 5 is charmingly awkward to read. Rotated binding and blurring throughout the pages make the text in this work reminiscent of Rorschach drawings.