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Drawings on Writing, a Serge Onnen concept
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About this book
Of all the words one uses in a day, the hand written ones are the most rare. Written with a pen on a small piece of paper or carved with a knife in a tree. Physically made words. Most words are made with a machine such as a laptop or a phone. Words you've never really touched. One learns to make the words by hand as a child, but very soon after that, one starts using a machine. The handwriting years come more or less to an end with the first keyboard. And like drawing it becomes an ancient act; You draw it when you can't find a photo or camera and you handwrite it when you can't find a keyboard. When it's unreadable to the other, it becomes some kind of drawing. Readability depends of codes and conventions. Just for one person or for billions; like Chinese. This book is a silent space where the signs and words have come to a rest. Where they don't have to act by what they mean.

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This is number three of four books all based on the idea: 99% drawings, 1% text (see www.jandlbooks.org). The next book will be a manual for hands: "Drawings on Hands." Please feel free to send images you've found (should be drawings and should be by email or post) to:

Serge Onnen
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We deeply appreciate the courtesy of the following artists, galleries and organizations:
Vincent van Gogh
Gustave Flaubert
Leon Ferrari
Anneliese Coste / Courtesy Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam
Benoit Plateau / Courtesy Galerie Aline Vidal, Paris
Roland Topor
Napoleon Bonaparte
Christian Dotremont
Dick Raaijmakers / Courtesy V2, Rotterdam
Rene Daniels / Courtesy Gallery Paul Andriessen, Amsterdam
Henri Jacobs / Courtesy Gallery Paul Andriessen, Amsterdam
Sherlock Holmes
Trenton Doyle Hancock / Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, NYC
Charles Vreuls
Tiago Estrada
Sylvano Bussotti
Jaap Blonk
Roland Barthes
Robert Walser
Yani Christou
Jean Luc Parant / Courtesy l'Enseigne des Oudins, Paris
Henri Chopin / Courtesy l'Enseigne des Oudins, Paris
Serge Onnen
Algator / Courtesy l'Enseigne des Oudins, Paris
Richard Niessen
Voebe de Gruyter
James Lee Byars / Courtesy Gallery Paul Andriessen, Amsterdam
Ana Hatherly / Lisboa 20 Arte Contemporanea, Lisbon
Dominic McGill / Courtesy Derek Eller gallery, NYC
Graham Gillmore / Courtesy Vanina Holasek Gallery, NYC
Gordon Terry / Courtesy Gmodule, Paris
Juli Gudehus
Olav Westphalen / Courtesy Maccarone Inc., NYC
Earle Brown
Jeremy Everett / Courtesy Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles
Central Intelligence Agency
Alexandre Estrela
Christopher McNulty
Marcus Raetz
Guy Richard Smit / Courtesy Fred gallery, London
Lily van der Stokker
Kinke Kooi / Courtesy Features inc. NYC
Allan Graham-Toadhouse / Courtesy -Features Inc. NYC
Andre Masson
Daragh Reeves
Cornelius Cardew
Max Ernst
Tanja Smit
Carl Ferrero
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Trisha Brown
Xu Bing
Korwa Tribe
Eva onnen
Oorbeek / Klaas Kuitenbrouwer
Victor Hugo
Paul Noble / Courtesy Maureen Paley, London
and many anonymous masters . . .

Very special thanks to:
The Drawing Centre NY, Bibliotheque National de Paris, Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits Paris, Donna Wolf, Jason Fulford, Leanne Shapton, Paul Andriessen, Alain Oudin, Alexandre Estrela, Ad Petersen, Arie Altena, Anna Tilroe, Mariana Ungureanu, Rolf Bier, Ethan Crenson, Willem van Weelden, Caren Golden, Ellen Harvey, Richard Niessen, Jeff Gleich, Lee Ellickson, Sara Platon, Catherine de Zeeger, Azerty: l'aphabet du monde by Massin, and The History of the Alphabeth by Isaac Taylor.

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This book was made with generous support from FONDS BKVB and the Consulate General of the Netherlands

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Editing: Serge Onnen
Design: Serge Onnen & Jan Haux
Web design: Ethan Crenson
Cover Font: Krasletter by Hansje van Halem
Printed by Printcrafters / Westcan, Winnipeg, Canada
Print run: 2,000 copies

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ISBN: 978-0-9799188-0-3
© 2008 J&L Books, Inc.