Toine Horvers – hand written books

September 16 –  November 13  2010

Since many years handwritten texts have been a constant factor in the artistic oeuvre of the artist Toine Horvers ( The Netherlands,1947). Using pencil, Horvers builds up his drawings by writing layer upon layer into chiaroscuro-like patches; upon closer inspection, they turn out to be description of reality.

Abstract at first sight, these layered transcriptions of the “portraits” or “landscapes” Horvers tries to describe, often result in surprisingly visual “description” of the original objects. In recent years, Toine Horvers has bundled series of such “drawings” into books – all handwritten and thus unique pieces.

Sometimes, such books combine series of drawings on a single pictorial theme or motive, like in “Light Self-portraits”. Other books contain the description of a single observation, as can be seen in Inis Oirr Panorama series.

More and more, Toine Horvers is interested in the conceptual and the performative aspects of books. The texts or text-fragments in most of the books are also presented  live by the artist in oral performances, sometimes in combination with writing.

Horvers’ recent series of books, containing writings of the Latin names of elements appearing in anatomical sections of the body, refer to their informational  character of the anatomical atlases which provide the basic text material for these works.

The invitation by Christophe Daviet-Thery as a publisher of artists’books challenged Toine Horvers to reconsider his ideas on the reproductability of handwritten texts, resulting in the publication “Writing Lecture”, the text of which will be performed live during the opening of the exhibition at Christophe Daviet-Thery Livres et Editions d’Artistes.

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Toine Horvers Sections of the Ear – 2009 graphite on japanese paper.


© rebecca fanuele


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