The Leporello Series, published by ll’Editions, presents a series of artist’s books by a group of select international artists. Each artist is given carte blanche, restricted only by the accordion format and its ten panels (recto).
For the first volume in The Leporello Series, Vienna based artist Heimo Zobernig makes optimal use of the accordion format, allowing rhythmic wording and typography seamlessly transcend from individual words and phrases to shapes and structure. Repetition plays an integral role as the borders between the conjoined pages blur.
The books in the series and their packaging are all designed and produced by Lundgren+Lindqvist. Inhabiting a space between a book and a paper sculpture, the leporellos are printed on delicate 170g/m2 Mohawk Superfine Eggshell paper. Each volume in the series is limited to 250 numbered copies and come in a bespoke rigid box, with the title hot foiled both on its front and on its spine, allowing it to sit comfortably in a bookshelf when not on display. The seemingly simply interior of the rigid box is actually rather complex in its design. It is composed of two separate pieces of black board, which are die-cut and folded together allowing the book to sit securely in its center.
Heimo Zobernig (b. 1958) is an Austrian artist widely acclaimed for his works in a variety of media, ranging from painting and sculpture to video, performance and site specific installation and design.
Books and posters constitute a significant part of Zobernig's oeuvre, who have engaged with publishing as a way to explore the linguistic aspects of art since 1980. Functioning as a natural extension of his artistic production, Zobernig's output to date includes well over 100 artist's books, catalogues and monographs, and an similar amount of posters.
Zobernig has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions and his works are held in the collections of a number of notable institutions around the world.
Since 2000, Zobernig is serving as Professor of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, where he also lives and works. In 2016, he was awarded the Roswitha Haftmann Prize in recognition of his sustained and diverse production and compelling body of work.