As many people know, and viewing the current doodle collection, An Encyclopedia of Everything is, amongst MANY other things a gathering point for world-wide doodles. It may one day house the Definitive Doodle Collection? A doodle is most times defined as an unfocused or unconscious drawing made while a person’s attention is otherwise occupied. I don’t think artists can do unconscious drawings? I think we make every mark count.
From C. Mehrl Bennett (USA) – a theme I have seen running through this Visual Poet’s (oNe of her talents!) work – hats and chairs (see the CirC! collaboration)
Very embarrassing – I sent John Bennett (USA) a page with Reid Woods name on – making sunshine as usual, John sent back Fake Reid Would Doodles.
From Matthew Stolte who I have come to view as part of the Extended Bennett Poetry Family, part of his Big Gulp Series.
Winter childhood holidays was synonymous with unexpected Vehicle Voyages. Before I left school we had travelled to Mozambique and crisscrossed Southern Africa, Namibia – right up to the Angolan border. Etosha after the rain IS like no place on earth, and the desert? That remains my favorite destination.
This book was drawn on a similar trip – this time in Australia. We drove from Adelaide to Coober Pedy. It’s a LONG way and included Oonadatta and the painted desert (Mad Max was filmed here). It was simply breathtaking. I had not prepared for this book, so it was done with pens found in mothers bag.
Anthology of Poetry Section – An Encyclopedia of Everything.
To say the least, it had been a bad week. I got home, the last Thursday of February, living another day where we did not know what/how/who/when would happen. Traffic was heavy, tempers were short and February here – well, lets just say its HOT. My key was in the post box (locked) – and…. ANYWAY! When I opened the box and retrieved Maries mail (which included a book on eyelashes(!), the photos she had worked on tumbled out, the words clashed, I was revived and this book finally came to fruition.
With it began the section in An Encyclopedia of Everything on Poetry. To be REALLY fair, David Stone USA) got here first, with his series Avenues – But a new cover design and he’ll be next. We started collaborating on this poem 7/1/2014 and it ended of its own volition 31/1/2014. You know what words are like – THEY decide! Included in this book are photographs Marie altered of another book – Where I’m at – very convoluted I know, but the visuals are time relevant to the poem. Collaboration – man, it’s a wondrous thing – more people should saturate themselves with it.
This poem and its images are fully blogged on http://mariesuitcase.blogspot.com/2014/02/an-epic-vicious-circle-of-couch-potato.html
In keeping with a sense of authenticity within An Encyclopedia of Everything, this book houses 9 envelopes, manufactured, and hand made, from 6 different countries by 9 Mail Artists. I wrote about the clay wrappers used by the Babylonians (about 2000BC) and the round clay envelopes from Susa in which plain counters were enclosed and fired together ensuring no tampering with counting. Then to the failed postal system invented by Valayer in France (1635), and on to 1845 when Edwin Hill and Warren De La Rue were granted a patent for the first envelope making machine. Fascinating stuff.
2 books comprising torn pages from various sources. Gwen writes “some times every day things, like junk mail, adverts and newspaper clippings can assume a different importance and interest with the passing of time. Snapshot 2013 is a small selection of these things, a follow on from my 365 book. A response to Cheryl Penn’s “Encyclopedia of Everything””.
Loosing information from its original moorings renders it awash in a sea of information with no reference point. I have seen many books made from the every day, with most artists choosing to interfere with the page (a world already written) in some way – making their mark/indicating their reason for choice – that is how we as artist make sense of the world around us, and try to communicate this visual language to others. These books speak of visual disarray and no filter with which to determine meaning.
Babel Babble Unending
Book made as an expanded duplicate version for one sent 6th February 2014 for a Mail Art Call – No one is too Old to learn a New language. (Germany).
Having considered the heart of man at the time of the original building of Babel, it is no surprise that at the time of the end it will be rebuilt. Except, soon, there will be no confusion at the revisiting of Wrath from Heaven.
Why don’t we just all shout louder – we may be able to hear each other better.
So, I’m not certain if what I first received was meant(?) to be a book, but by the time the second one arrived, I was certain of book form intent – nonrepresentational content and mail work behaving like a book.
Complex to open, intangible in subject and function, Walter’s post-books now nest as a contemplation of book abstraction – is abstraction the right word? For example, in this instance, are the thought processes that went into the making of this work distanced from the notion of BOOK? I don’t think so. Having received book-like work from Walter before, I know that distilling, yet remaining within the confines of bookness informs quite a few sendings from Walter. All that reflective intricacy – I’m going with Book.