Thorsten Dennerline, “Emergent Forms, Volume 4: Dream”

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Thorsten Dennerline & Susan Sgorbati
Emergent Forms Volume 4: Dream, MCBA Prize, 2017
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Title: Emergent Forms Volume 4: Dream
2017
Medium: Book: Polymer letterpress on Usuyou Gampi paper
Edition: 30 in set, plus 10 individual copies
Pages: 28
Dimensions open: 301 x 331 cm
Dimensions closed: 150.5 x 331 cm
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(Open view)
Title: Emergent Forms Volume 4: Dream
2017
Medium: Book: Polymer letterpress on Usuyou Gampi paper
Edition: 30 in set, plus 10 individual copies
Pages: 28
Dimensions open: 301 x 331 cm
Dimensions closed: 150.5 x 331 cm
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Title: Emergent Forms Volume 4: Dream
2017
Medium: Book: Polymer letterpress on Usuyou Gampi paper
Edition: 30 in set, plus 10 individual copies
Pages: 28
Dimensions open: 301 x 331 cm
Dimensions closed: 150.5 x 331 cm
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(Detail)
Title: Emergent Forms Volume 4: Dream
2017
Medium: Book: Polymer letterpress on Usuyou Gampi paper
Edition: 30 in set, plus 10 individual copies
Pages: 28
Dimensions open: 301 x 331 cm
Dimensions closed: 150.5 x 331 cm
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(Detail)
Title: Emergent Forms Volume 4: Dream
2017
Medium: Book: Polymer letterpress on Usuyou Gampi paper
Edition: 30 in set, plus 10 individual copies
Pages: 28
Dimensions open: 301 x 331 cm
Dimensions closed: 150.5 x 331 cm

 

Thorsten Dennerline
Bennington, Vermont
birdpress.com

Emergent Forms, Volume 4: Dream
2017
Polymer letterpress on Usuyou Gampi paper
30 in set, plus 10 individual copies
28
301 x 331 cm
150.5 x 331 cm

STATEMENT, MCBA PRIZE APPLICATION 2017
EMERGENT FORMS, Volume 4: Dream, THE BIRD PRESS 2017
A Collaborative Book Project by Susan Sgorbati and Thorsten Dennerline
Four Volumes
This is part of a four-volume book collaboration between visual artist, Thorsten
Dennerline and dance artist, Susan Sgorbati. The ideas of Emergent Forms grew
out of Sgorbati’s work and research in dance on the spontaneous composition of
form in complex systems. For example, a flock of birds self-organizing into
shifting “V” patterns is an improvisational form. By observing these
improvisational forms, she has categorized them and translated them into her
choreography. Dream is one of four of these forms selected for the project.
This project contains four forms each represented by a “volume”, and each of
which is a unique print/object. They are titled Pattern, Memory, Landscape, and
Dream. For each volume, Thorsten and Susan worked together in different
capacities to create a book or (print object) that was not only a documentation of
their dialogue about the forms (and in some ways a choreography), but also a
book that could elicit an experience of these individual forms. The finished
project will contain all 4 volumes in a box with a short written document or guide
to the Forms.
Volume 4: Dream started with a simple drawing; a gestural brush mark that
suggested movement of a bird in flight. By drawing on translucent films, this
gesture was used as a template to create nine improvisational line drawings that
fit inside of the shapes. They were then printed on very thin 15 grams/meter
Usuyou Gampi paper so that they could be viewed layered upon one another or
individually. Viewing the pages, there is a distinct repeated shape that is variable
in its details. Because of the translucency and resultant option of seeing through
the pages, the action of turning the pages changes the overall image and creates
a movement in the picture space of the book. It repeats but is also variable. The
result is a new emerging form, and movement, that is based on but different from
the original brush drawing. It is also constantly changing. In observing the entire
book, the viewer should experience that the sum as greater than its parts, or a
reflection of a complex system.