Earthly. Marie Wintzer (Japan)/Cheryl Penn (South Africa). An Encyclopedia of Everything

Earthly. Cheryl Penn:Marie Wintzer - An Encyclopedia of Everything - The Expanded Version

Marie Wintzer and I have collaborated before (and continue to) in a series titled Books of Ether. Marie posted me the photographs which she had printed mid-March, and although this project is part of the digital realm, I have also made them into an artefact.   I cant touch, page through, remember as well, when scrolling down a glass screen – its just not a book. Together we published various photos on our blogs, but the e-book was published by Marie on 22 January 2015 on scribd – see

https://www.scribd.com/doc/253274958/Earthly

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Forewords:

Made of Clay.

Taken from the dust of the earth, these books became something else, data images that happened in Ether Realms.  It’s always trying to breathe new life into old ideas – like us, they’re never quite ready to die.

Cheryl Penn.

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Making books out of clay,

the work of a potter [shaping soil into pages]

the work of a writer [chiseling words out of sodden earth]

the work of a gardener [growing roots across fields]

the work of an architect [building stories through dust]

the work of a musician [composing songs engraved in ether]

The beauty of those clay books needed no enhancement, their stunning naked aura was evident to any eyes curious enough to see. But one can always demand more of books…

Marie Wintzer.

The Tale of Fins – RCBz

RCBz USED to run a blog, which showcased his many, and varied artworks of manipulated digital collages. They were always intricately reasoned artworks with many and varied current and historical references. Sadly, I think most of his Mail Art beneficiaries did not realize that these works were each unique and their recipients carefully selected, often with some sort of personal reference. I have a number of images RCBz created to feed what I was doing, and I will always be grateful for his contribution to the Mona Lisa call I made about 4 years ago. His sharp, oft-times droll interpretations still entertain.  His digital manipulations of many of my own artworks were big improvements on the originals and his other collaborative work included a set of unique postcards made for Mail Art Makes the World a Town, onto which friends and I were invited to add our comments before their inclusion into the zine. If we got the opportunity to do that exercise again, I think our pens would be looser, more to RCBz’s predilections. The Fin Series is no exception, and I am hugely pleased to have a full set. RCBz made the cards for TICTAC’s Zine in a Box project (another publication of unique and generous skill). I hope the card recipients take time to discover the talent of this unique artist.

A few images from this series:

TicTac 19 print

TICTAC 22 print

An interesting read in the context of this postcard:

http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-2Hom-c17.html

TICTAC 23 print

TICTAC 25

Rod Summers by Cheryl Penn. An Encyclopedia of Everything – The Expanded Version

Unique book made from a collection of mailings by Rod Summers. Pockets hold such works as Free Form Across the Universe (2014), Prometheus Extinguished Darkly 2014 (in which Rod was kind enough to write “Inspired by the free form poem Overheard by Cheryl Penn (2014), Shelf Life – our collaboration (2105) and An Undistinguished Martyrdom (for those I still love) (2015). There are also pockets holding Rods particular style of postcards, ranging from ‘anger management’ tools to the musings of Dr Moss Mure.  (This image was sent by Rod as part of a request “Ties from the back of the closet” – RCBz (USA).

Rod Summers by Cheryl Penn. An Encyclopedia of Everything - The Expanded Version

There are quite a few facts one can gather about Rod off the internet – see for example the trusty steed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Summers (I have put this into the book), BUT I am of course more curious about the PERSON of Rod Summers and we have maintained a lively, slightly erratic email exchange for a number of years. Rod is a compulsive artist, seeking inspiration from everything around him – his beloved Iceland, his allotment plot (I’ve never seen a potato that big), his correspondents – I have been lucky enough to collaborate with Rod AND have had “a genetically moderated text to be read aloud triumphantly” THE SPAR_ROW (from Free Form Across the Universe) written JUST for me.

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I have listened (among other recordings), with glee to the shenanigans of Helgi, (Rods alter ego?), the Hjalteyri Scales (an audio performance and installation in a vacant herring processing plant in Iceland and a memory stick which I think I am right in saying has over 11 hours worth of listening material – I’m about 5 hours in. Rod loves Planet Suite by Holst, Send in the Clowns and Windmills of your mind. He loves tea and home. We’re on the same page there.

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One can read a variety of interviews with Rod, including

http://lomholtmailartarchive.dk/focus/focus-1-vec-interview-rod-summers

and also watch his lecture on his documentation of Mail Art on

https://vimeo.com/98041000

This book – “Ben wot ik 8” is a set of list shopping slips/receipts from a variety of Maastrichtian supermarkets most of which are accessed by bicycle?  An interesting curiosity read – a legible read too, as Afrikaans is based in Dutch and I have a smattering.   I have paired it with a very amusing (although not when you’re 5 or 6 I imagine) postcard on which Rod describes finding of a set of false teeth in a tin – that must have been on SOMEONES’s shopping list?

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Still Life exercises.

I have students who have never painted. Yip, this is sadly the case. The best way to deal with this is to demonstrate. We do numerous 1/2 hour to 45 minute exercises where I demonstrate and they paint with me. This is such an example. We were dealing with still life, monochromatic, cool tones and painting glass in this exercise.

Cheryl Penn Painting

TLP’s and a Bare Moon. John Bennett (USA) – An Encyclopedia of Everything – The Expanded Version.

Unique pocket book made from TLP’s and an artist’s book sent via Mail, collated by myself. Pockets are made from envelopes in which these sendings arrived. John M Bennett is an experimental language artist who also runs a small press, Luna Bisonte Prods, founded in 1974.

John Bennett. TLP's and a Bare Moon.  An Encyclopedia of Everything - The Expanded Version

He has produced and published literally THOUSANDS of publications, as well as acting as an avid collector of “modern avant-garde, experimental and/or unclassifiable literature in the belief that future generations will one day reap the rewards of his efforts. It is important to collect these writers because, as has been the case over and over in the history of literature, the best and most innovative writing, the writing that advances the art and that in the future becomes the classic and defining work of a period, is almost always the work of outsiders”.

(Quoted from… http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/stockpiling-the-avant-garde-john-m-bennett/ ) – an article by David F. Hoenigman (2009).

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I am fortunate to hold – dare I venture to say, the biggest collection of Johns work in Africa??? He is VERY generous with his sendings and this book contains a few examples of ‘TLP’s” – “tacky little pamphlets” (his own terminology) and two artists books Bare Moon and The Lunch the Gravel. Bare Moon is produced by Zwirn “a whitewall of sound publication edited by Jim Clinefelter”. It’s a gorgeous small, square format book of poems stamped on found materials such as maps and text books, indicating the world is touched by the bare moon. I wondered if John’s poetry is Otherstream – and found this comment –

“John M. Bennett, whom I consider the most insanely creative otherstream poet on earth (because innovative in dozens of ways, in dozens of different kinds of poems…

I’ve called him “the Jackson Pollock” of poetry because of so many of his poems’ struggled ascent from the reptilian bottom of human feeling into a sub-demotic splatter that eventually coheres into a kind of finally understood momentary but full state of mind” (Bob Grumman. 2014, available on-line at http://poeticks.com/bob-grummans-small-press-review-columns/14625-2/ ). ( ‘Otherstream’ was coined by Grumman in the 80’s).

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I must mention my latest acquisition which arrived yesterday – Motel Moods published in 1980 – great stuff – MANY thanks John.

SAY WHAT???? John Bennett (USA) Cheryl Penn. An Encyclopedia of Everything – The Expanded Version

Limited edition of 1 book and 10 chapbooks.  Series of 7 libretto arrangements. Collaborating via email began in  March 2014 and ended late last year.

Say What. John Bennett:Cheryl Penn. An Encyclopedia of Everything - Collaborative Poetry

John Bennett is a writer/poet/performer who uses language and  all its convolutions as his medium of expression.   His puts together and pulls apart as the words move him, with unexpected juxtapositions of sounds and rhythm. John is an avid and very generous collaborator and I’m hugely pleased we got be ‘distrubeding our wurds’.

Say What. John Bennett:Cheryl Penn. An Encyclopedia of Everything. Collaborative Poetry.

We have been at this collaboration for over a year, so I’m glad to have it committed to paper! For a full version of the work see:  http://collaborativecanto.blogspot.com

Say What. John Bennett:Cheryl Penn. An Encyclopedia of Everything.

Also available for download on:

http://issuu.com/cheryl.penn/docs/say_what.__john_bennett_cheryl_penn