Robin Tomens: Too Much To Bear

Robin Tomens: Too Much To Bear


There is something very unsettling about the collages in Robin Tomens’ Too Much To Bear, his first book for Timglaset Editions. The style is graphic, bold and punky. Images of luscious women in cocktail dresses and successful men in sixties suits are juxtaposed with industrial architecture, weaponry, snippets of political writing and advertising slogans. The dream of endless happiness in the consumer society has gone awry. And if there’s a wry irony in messages like “taste that beats the other cold” and “key to a richer life” in the early pages of the book, then the second part quickly descends into an even darker place where “every man is his own furnace”.

Too Much To Bear is made up of 24 collages in full colour. Hand-bound digital print with a rubber-stamped card cover. Edition of 100 numbered copies.

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Robin Tomens is an artist and writer living in London. His book about jazz, Points of Departure, was published in 2001. More of his collages and visual poetry at Out Of My Mind.

Robin Tomens: Too Much To Bear
28 pages
20 x 20 cm CMYK
Hand-bound & hand-stamped
Edition of 100

Sweden and the UK: £12,30

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Rest of Europe: £14,60

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Rest of the World: £15,00

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Timglaset #3 Nonsense is the sixth sense

This issue of Timglaset fanzine is dedicated to the absurd, the nonsensical and the grotesque. Jokes and puns as serious artistic endeavour, but also boredom, seriousness and earnestness used to absurd or humouristic ends.
Some of the inspiration was provided by:
Akbar del Piombo Fuzz Against Junk (book), Eric Andersen The Untactis of Music (song), Hugo Ball Karawane (poem), Jacques Carelman Catalogue d’Objets Introuvables (drawings), Ivor Cutler Lemon Flower (song), Bill Domonkos, GIF-animations, Bruno Dumont P’tit Quinquin (film), Jean Ferry Traveller With Luggage (story), Robert Filliou Futile Box (artwork), Franquin Black Pages (comic), John Greaves Peter Blegvad Lisa Herman Kew.Rhone. (album), Peter Greenaway The Falls (film), Ernst Jandl Tohuwabohu (poem/song), Lyrikvännen 6/2012 Nonsens (magazine issue), Marx Brothers Mirror scene from Duck Soup (film), Francis Picabia Parade Amoureuse (painting), Erik Satie A Mammal’s Notebook (writings), Soft Machine A Concise British Alphabet (song), Emmett Williams Duet (spoken word), ZNR Garden Party (song).
Editor: Joakim Norling
Design and co-editor: Kolja Ogrumov
Contributors: Bengt Adlers, Tryne Algbom, Paul Bareham, Michael Björn, Ivor Cutler, Dolly Dolly, Bobbilott Fika, Amande de Frumerie, Elias Hillström, Ozelot, Petra Schulze-Wollgast, Paul Snowdon, Robin Tomens.
36 pages, edition of 100, full colour digital print
The release party was held at Östervärns antikvariat & bokhandel, Malmö and included a talk with, poetry by and the firing of a toy gun by Bengt Adlers, Jonas Ellerström on Ivor Cutler and a tribute to Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd by Bengt Adlers, Joakim Norling and Bobbilott Fika.

Timglaset #2 The Psychogeography of Imaginary Cities


Some of the inspiration provided for this issue was Judith Schalansky’s novel Atlas of Remote Islands, the back cover of Laura Nyro’s album New York Tendaberry, Träsket by Kristian Petri (book), James Ferraro, Global Lunch (song), Ben Katchor’s Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer (cartoon), Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius by Jorge Luis Borges (story), Johannus Arpensium’s Ostend (Invisible Cities) (song), Mark Hollis’ Thamesmead project (artworks), Viktor Rosdahl’s Bröllopsnatt på SKF (painting), Paulina Pietilä, Trappa 1 (painting), the rooftop scene from Paris Nous Appartient by Jacques Rivette, Danny the Street (comics character), childhood memories of Kronprisentorget, Malmö.

Editor: Joakim Norling
Designed by: HollisArt

Ingemar Breithel, Dolly Dolly, Jonas Ellerström, Elias Hillström, Mark Hollis, Mattias Holmberg, Joakim Norling, Eddie Spex, Robin Tomens.

This issue of Timglaset included a custom-made postcard with a download code for Det andra Malmö by Testbild!,a musical portrait of vanishing vistas of Malmö, photographs by Rattigan Glumphoboo and a film by Kolja Ogrumov.

Edition of 100, 32 pages, full colour digital print


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Download Det andra Malmö by Testbild! for free (or pay whatever you like)

The release party was held at Östervärns antikvariat & bokhandel, Malmö and included the first screening of Det andra Malmö by Kolja Ogrumov featuring the music of Testbild! Other highlights included a recorded version of Ernst Jandl’s poem Bericht über Malmö.

Watch Det andra Malmö by Kolja Ogrumov, with music by Testbild! and photos by Rattigan Glumphoboo.

Timglaset #1 The Kitchen Sink Surrealist


The interpretation of the motto has been subjected to the individual whims of the contributors. Some of the inspiration mentioned has been The Hearing Trumpet, Edward Gorey, abstract surrealists like Bertil Lundberg and Graham Sutherland, Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girlie, Rawlinson’s End, sound of Time Attendant, collages by Max Ernst, Carré’s ice making machine, the cover art of Bombastica!, music by Lars Werner & hans vänner, drunkenness and friendship, Daisies, Denise Bellon’s photograph of women of the surrealist group in 1960 and Polish book covers from the 60’s.

Editor: Joakim Norling
Designer and co-editor: Kolja Ogrumov

Contributors to this issue: Ingemar Breithel, Dolly Dolly, Jonas Ellerström, Frida Everling, Leonor Fini, Amanda de Frumerie, Rattigan Glumphoboo, Elias Hillström, Joakim Norling, Paul Snowdon, Lars-Håkan Svensson

Full colour digital print, edition of 100


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English translation of Leonor Fini’s story The Stubborn Girl

Timglaset were kindly invited as guests to a release party at Ellerströms förlag. Elias Hillström read his poems from the issue, Amanda de Frumerie’s painting was displayed and a recording of Dolly Dolly reading his story (S)Exit was played.

Listen to or download remixes of Dolly Dolly’s (S)Exit here!