Amsterdam: Roma, 2014.
Condition: As new complete sealed in glassine paper
Softcover in slipcase
signed and numbered
Tiergarten was my favorite book of the New York Art Book Fair in 2014 from Roma the Dutch publisher run by designer Roger Willems and artist, Mark Manders. Johannes Schwartz took photographs of meals fed to “wild” animals at the Moscow Zoo and printed them oversized on a Risograph press. Risograph is usually reserved for zines and small scale books as the reproduction is very difficult to remain consistent. The colors tend to run unevenly and registration can shift from page to page leading to strange and unpredictable textures. This effect is used to enhance the animals “slop” (slabs of fish, hunks of raw meat, heaps of vegetables and chunks of bread) into shifting abstractions of food, sometimes beautiful, sometimes repellent. Item #14364