Robbie Cornelissen. The Capacious Memory

This monograph on drawing artist Robbie Cornelissen very nearly ended up on the rejects pile and was only noticed at second glance. In fact it is a very carefully constructed book that does an excellent job of presenting Cornelissen’s gigantic pencil drawings: the format is big, there are numerous fold-outs, and subjects are shown variously in situ or as isolated objects.

The result is that full justice is done to the scale of the works. True, the illustrations are interspersed with inserts in black or silver grey, and a number of texts, but it is the art that takes pride of place. The lettering for the book and section titles, designed by the book’s designers themselves, reflects the structure of pencil lines.

Edition: 2011
Language: English, Dutch
Publisher / commissioner: NAi Publishers, Rotterdam
Designer: Lesley Moore
Lithographer: NPN Drukkers, Breda
Printer: NPN Drukkers, Breda
Binder: Hexspoor, Boxtel
Dimensions: 240 x 330 x 11
Amount of pages: 128 p.
Number of copies: 1,500
Price: € 25
ISBN: 978 90 5662 811 6
Font and foundry: Univers LT Std 45 Light (Dutch), Univers LT Std 55 Roman (English), display type by the designers
Binding style: sewn soft cover with flaps
Material: 130gsm Munken Lynx (interior), 300gsm Munken Lynx (cover)