An Encyclopedia of Everything Turns 300 Books.

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Posted on 21st July 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

ARTICLE Three

20th July 2013

An Encyclopedia of Everything Turns 300 books.

I have started the collation (massive task!) and systematic documentation of all the works received for An Encyclopedia of Everything, for an on-line catalogue due for down loading when this installation is exhibited in October (D.V. at the KZNSA Gallery in Durban). Two highpoints stand out for me. One, the date of An Encyclopedia of Everything turning 100 books was 29th July 2013. This means that in just a year, over 200 books have been made and swopped and travelled the world to be part of this installation. Secondly, it would not have been possible without collaboration from artists I know, those I have come to know and artists I know nothing of – except that they are willing to share their work.   This collection is set alight by a collaborative generosity of spirit not often evidenced in the art arena.

Collaboration works in different ways. It could be an exchange of books, such as is evidenced on http://artistbooks.ning.com – and for this I thank Robert Heather for his maintenance and supervision of this artists book web site – the book collections which now belong to numerous book artists all over the world would not be possible without his support -   (see article An Encyclopedia of Everything Turns 200 books – http://an-encyclopedia-of-everything.blogspot.com/search?q=turns+200+books .  Or,  artists have contributed to the content of a book, for example – Artists Postcards.  In a work such as this, I asked TICATAC (Germany) for a set of her postcards as artifacts for a book. Without hesitation, a full set were sent with the next mail, signed, stamped and numbered. The use of such artifacts in book production are in keeping with my attempt in this body of work to give the reader access to medium/information reality.   No longer is the book about images of paintings/images of postcards/images of drawings – the reader interacts with the genuine article.

Book 1 Artists Postcards Cheryl Penn An Encyclopedia of Everything

Cheryl Penn. 2014. Artists Postcards. (Unique book made from Artists Postcards received from TICATAC (Germany).

 Collaboration includes the Circ! series of books where I sent half finished works to other artists to complete. Artists who collaborated with me on this series are John Bennett (USA), Mehrl C Bennett (USA), Allan Bealy (USA) (3 sets of works), Alicia Starr (USA) Martine Rastello (France), Petru Viljoen and Lesley Magwood Fraser (South Africa).

Circ! Architecture Allan Bealy:Cheryl Penn An Encyclopedia of Everything

Allan Bealy (USA) and Cheryl Penn (South Africa). 2014. Circ! (Architecture).

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Petru Viljoen and Cheryl Penn (South Africa). 2014. Circ!

There are writing/poetry collaborations. These works can be read on

http://collaborativecanto.blogspot.com and include writing with David Stone, (USA – 4 books, another currently under way), Marie Wintzer (Japan), Wolfgang Guenther (Germany) Petru Viljoen (South Africa, and Joel Chase (USA). Exchanging words is as powerful as surrendering thoughts – words are formidable tools of communication, and how we select and interact with our words between each other can be a microcosm of our inner selves.

Morning masks David Stone:Chery Penn An Encyclopedia of Everything

David Stone (USA) and Cheryl Penn (South Africa). 2014. Morning Masks.

Cheryl Penn Marie Wintzer

Marie Wintzer (Japan) and Cheryl Penn (South Africa). 2013/2104.  An Epic. The Vicious Circle of the Couch Potato.

(Photographs by Marie Wintzer)

 There are artists who give permission for their work to be used for another intention other than Mail Art, for example John Bennett (USA) and Theo Nelson (Canada). I have used each of these artists work in numerous ways, but one stand out includes work they have sent in the creation of a mini biography.   Imagine reading the biography of Picasso, which included original artworks – these books feel as good to me.   Theo Nelson bought into my series Vessels in Dispute, thereby helping to spread the mythology, which might one day become – a meme?

John Bennett by Cheryl Penn An Encyclopedia of Everything

John Bennett by Cheryl Penn. 2014.

(Visual Poetry, collaborations, notes, shopping lists by John Bennett)

Theo Nelson Bhubezi Women An Encyclopedia of Everyhing

Cheryl Penn. 2014. Vessels in Dispute. (Vessels by Theo Nelson)

To create An Anthology of International Doodles, I sent out pages requesting artists from all over the world to doodle and return to me. The definition of ‘Doodles’ may be stretched beyond all recognition, but is that not the intention of Artists Books? To question and interrogate the traditional book, to stretch the imagination? I have been collecting for a year now and this will result in at least 4 books.

Doodles An Encyclopedia of Everything

Various Artists. 2013/2014. An Anthology of International Doodles.

(Doodles by Anna Banana (Canada) and Mehrl C Bennett (USA))

As I’ve said before, we book artists are generally in the business of working alone. Our intense thinking, creating and binding acts are meditative and insular, but our works long to Be Out There. There is something very personal about giving and receiving a book from another artist. One sits in the head space of a makers ideas made flesh. We plan and plot, draw and write, print and paint. We sew and bind, construct and invent. I mean – who GETS artists books better than Book Artists? Add to the mix the process of collaborating – the heady, resounding echoes of a choir instead of a piping solo = many artists creating meaning through text and image assembled  in one corpus – this is An Encyclopedia of Everything.

http://an-encyclopedia-of-everything.blogspot.com

http://collaborativecanto.blogspot.com

http://cherylpenn.com/wpb/

A golden, swopped book I have to show you:

Golden Miles Sally Chinea An Encyclopedia of Everything 3

Sally Chinea (UK). 2014. Golden Miles. (Unique, sewn, cloth accordion book)

Contributing Artists so far:

Reed Altemus (USA)

Tiziana Baracchi (Italy)

Vittore Baroni (Italy)

Allan Bealy (USA)

Angela Behrendt (Germany)

C. Mehrl Bennett (USA)

John Bennett (USA)

Jessica Botma (South) Africa

Judy Bourke (Australia)

Kathy Boyle (New Zealand)

Vizma Bruns (Australia)

Joel Chase (USA)

Sally Chinea (UK)

Marian Crane (USA)

Pal Csaba (Hungary)

David Dellafiora (Australia)

Theresa Easton (UK)

Ken Ford (Australia)

Robyn Foster (Australia)

Carina Granlund (Finland)

Rob Grant (Australia)

Rosa Gravino (Argentina)

Karen Greenwood (South Africa)

Uli Grohmann (Germany)

Wolfgang Guenther (Germany)

Rebecca Guyver (UK)

Sue Hobbs (South Africa)

Estelle Hudson (South Africa)

Laura Hudson (New Zealand)

Lisa Iverson (USA)

Eberhard Janke (Germany)

Bifidus Jones (USA)

Satu Kaikkonen (Finland)

Hilke Kurzke (UK)

Susanna Lakner (Germany)

Robin Lamplough (South Africa

Alexander Limarev (Russia)

Lesley Magwood-Fraser (South Africa)

Yves Maraux (France)

Dean Marks (France)

Catherine Mc Cue Boes(Australia)

Kathleen Nartuhi (USA)

Not Hi Ng (USA)

Cheryl Penn (South Africa)

Walter Pennacchi (Italy)

Marcela Peral (Argentina)

Martine Rastello (France)

Bernd Reichert (Belgium)

Kensa Rescorla (UK)

Colleen Ross (South Africa)

Chris Ruston (UK)

Ruth Shaw-Williams (UK)

Gwen Simpson (UK)

Christopher Skinner (UK)

Mark Sonnenfeld (USA)

Alicia Starr (USA)

Karl Steurer (Switzerland)

Matthew Stolte (USA)

David Stone (USA)

Rod Summers (Netherlands)

Erich Sunnderman (Austria)

TICTAC (Ptrzia) (Germany)

Cauli Torma (Budapest, Hungary)

Stephanie Turnbull (UK)

Lubomyr Tymkiv (Ukraine)

Anete Ulmane (Latvia)

Guido Vermeulen (Belgium)

Petru Viljoen (South Africa)

Klaus von Mirbach (Germany)

Svenja Wahl (Germany)

Nadine Wendell Mojica (USA)

Marie Wintzer (Japan)

Jesvin Yeo (Singapore)

Note:

I would appreciate it if anyone notifies me if his or her name is not on the list – that would be a disaster to me!   Collecting/swopping for this installation will not end with the exhibition – this may become a lifetime work – perfect for An Encyclopedia of Everything. I am intending to send a listing to participants and there will be a full catalogue available for download, which includes the blog write up, and image of the works received for the collection.

Many thanks again to all the artists who have made this work possible.

Romans – An Encyclopedia of Everything

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Posted on 20th July 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

Romans Romans Cheryl Penn An Encyclopedia of Everything

Written around AD58 (fourth year of Nero), the epistle of Paul to the Romans begins with a graphic account of a world which does not acknowledge a Creator. The result? A brutal, selfish society where anything goes. Sound like today? An expression like “the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now” ring true for me of a world, which has reeled off course, where freedom has brought severe bondage and the needs of the few are served by the many. Think of just two simple teachings which could change this space we inhabit – “provide things honest in the sight of all men” and “as much as is within you, live peaceably with all men” – how different our world would be. A key phrase would be “the just shall live by faith” – an echo of Habakkuk 2:4. Romans Cheryl Penn An Encyclopedia of Everything 1

Artists Postcards Book 2 – An Encyclopedia of Everything

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Posted on 18th July 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

Artists Postcards Book 2 (Sample Book)

Artists Postcards Cheryl Penn An Encyclopedia of Everything

Book 2 has examples of various sorts of artists postcards I have received as Mail Art. These include limited editioned, signed and numbered postcards, unique small artworks (postcard size) which are sent through the mail, postcards which duplicate as exhibition invitations and thank you’s for submitting to the same and altered commercial postcards which double as an artwork.

Artists Postcards Cheryl Penn An Encyclopedia of Everything 1

Artists Postcards Cheryl Penn An Encyclopedia of Everything 2

Artists Postcards Book 1 – An Encyclopedia of Everything.

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Posted on 17th July 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

Artists Postcards

Book 1

Book 1 Artists Postcards Cheryl Penn An Encyclopedia of Everything

This idea for this book is old! I have just not got round to making it. Last year TICTAC (on request) sent a variety of artists postcards which form the samples for this book, with Book 2 containing various examples received as Mail Art. From my reading, Austria was the first country to publish the postcard, although it was not their invention. A few years prior, German postal official Dr Heinrich von Stephan submitted a proposition for such an item – it was hotly debated and did not appear until July 1870, a year after Austria. Within two years, the postcard had quickly spread across Europe with the USA issuing postcards in 1873. (information available online – The History of Postcards, Smithsonian Digital Library. Available at: http://blog.library.si.edu/2009/09/the-history-of-postcards/#.Udt4l This book also details certain kinds of artists postcards I have received through the medium of Mail Art.

Book 1 Artists Postcards Cheryl Penn An Encyclopedia of Everything 1

Book 1 Artists Postcards Cheryl Penn An Encyclopedia of Everything 2

On The Outer Drive – And Other Words – David Stone (USA) An Encyclopedia of Everything

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Posted on 16th July 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

On The Outer Drive – And Other Words

On the Outer Drive David Stone An Encyclopedia of Everything

Unique Book made from poetry received in the mail. Poems are inserted into pockets made from the folded envelopes in which they were posted. . This collection includes The Toll Station, The Arrest, The Birthday Party, (beautiful – through David’s words I also visited Mrs Lambro for dinner), The Sojourn (complex phrases, spanning the Aufklarung – Enlightenment, the old Nile, ‘fossil remains’, Spinoza and more) and The Space Hog (Alcuin of “the most learned man ever to be found?).

On the Outer Drive David Stone An Encyclopedia of Everything 1

It seems fitting that in a book of poetry one must physically open out the pages in order to read – an echo of unpacking thoughts and following trails of meaning. An artist books seeks to question the traditional book – to make it MORE THAN – more than a simple information container, words on retro/verso pages. Rather, the artist hopes to activelyinvolvethereaderintheviewingprocess.

Consider opening out the words from The Toll Station – just try unpacking them – they’re MORE THAN:

night tremors

and bandaged

eulogies

in the noisy

station

On the Outer Drive David Stone An Encyclopedia of Everything 2

Catherine Mc Cue Boes (Australia) 3.0 # 13 (Leda & the Swan) – An Encyclopedia of Everything

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Posted on 15th July 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

3.0 # 13 (Leda & the Swan)

Catherine Mc Cue Boes 3.0 # 13 (Leda & the Swan) An Encyclopedia of Everything

Is Catherine visually conveying a myth, a convoluted narrative or a level of psychological distress stemming from Leda’s fear of one lonely and overpowering experience? The use of the 14 line Petrarchan sonnet form by Yeats is usually indicative of romantic notions of love, inconsistent with the subject matter of this poem. This opens the reader to linguistic inconsistencies which are ambiguously and successfully visually echoed in Catherine’s colour usage, her “Torjan Horse” and cover image. A very thought-provoking book, with an interesting (self?) portrait on the cover.

Catherine Mc Cue Boes 3.0 # 13 (Leda & the Swan) An Encyclopedia of Everything 1

Catherine Mc Cue Boes 3.0 # 13 (Leda & the Swan) An Encyclopedia of Everything 2

Isaiah Book 2 – An Encyclopedia of Everything

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Posted on 14th July 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

ISAIAH

Isaiah (Book 2)  Cheryl Penn An Encyclopedia of Everything

Book 2 – (14:11 – 30:21)

(See blog on the first book for the context of the prophesy of Isaiah). Chapters 15 – 23 comprise a series of ‘oracles’ about the nations surrounding Judah, who would also feel the ‘rod of Assyria’ on their backs. Interspersed with prophesies regarding ‘the latter days’, the messages are visionary burdens, sent to nations whose arrogance and pride would cause emptiness and desolation across the face of the earth. Sadly, “If favour is shown to the wicked, he does not earn righteousness” (26:10), but

Come my people, enter thou into thy chambers,

And shut thy doors about thee;

Hide thyself as it were for a little moment

Until the indignation be overpast.

For, behold, the LORD cometh out of His place

To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity.

The earth also shall disclose her blood,

And shall no more cover her slain.

(Isaiah 26:20,21)

Isaiah (Book 2)  Cheryl Penn An Encyclopedia of Everything 1