Mail Art Makes the World a Town – Edition 12.

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Posted on 19th January 2015 by cheryl in Uncategorized

Edition 12 Mail Art Makes the World a Town Cover Cheryl Penn

Edition 12 Mail Art Makes the World a Town participants:

Mail Art Makes the World a Town Assembling Book

Edition 12

Reid Wood – USA

Tiziana Baracchi – Italy

Renato Sclaunich – Italy

Serse Luigetti – Italy

TICTAC – Germany

Vittore Baroni – Italy

Samuel Montalvetti – Argentina

DADANAUTIC – Germany

Jürgen Olbrich – Germany

Erich Sundermann – Austria

John Bennett – USA

Katerina Nikoltsou – Greece

Miguel Jimenez – Spain

Jeff Crouch – USA

Torill Elisabeth Larsen – Norway

Thomas M Cassidy – USA

Svenja Wahl – Germany

Claudio Romeo – Italy

Anete Ulmane – Latvia

Cuan Miles – South Africa

Pier Roberto Bassi – Italy

Mark Sonnenfeld – USA

Fatima Queiroz – Brazil

Antonio Gomez – Spain

David Stone – USA

Cheryl Penn – South Africa

PLEASE NOTE:

There are to be only two more editions in the A5 format.  A HAND MADE EDITION – i.e. each page must be hand drawn/collaged/printed/painted, and one further general edition.  To contribute, please send 27 signed and numbered, double sided  A5 portrait pages.  A copy will be sent to each participant.  The format of this publication will change at Edition 15 to A6 (postcard size).  Send 22 signed and numbered pages.  Copy to all participants.

Mail Art Makes the World a Town Edition 12

Mail Art Makes the World a Town Edition 12.

Mail Art Makes the World a Town - Edition 12

3.0 # 14 (Holes). An Encyclopedia of Everything – The Expanded Version.

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Posted on 19th January 2015 by cheryl in Uncategorized

Collaboration on http://artistbooks.ning.com

Holes - Artists Book, Cheryl Penn - An Encyclopedia of Everything

Edition of 10 unique books made from copies of Leonardo’s blotting sheets used when he painted Mona Lisa. Permission for their use was given by Magenta in a dream. Said Permission was given as long as his secrets were cut out from the sheets. That’s the problem with history – there’s a generally accepted version, and then there’s the real version. These cutout words/phrases are holes in the generally accepted version of Leonardo da Vinci’s life, clues he could not help himself recording.

Secrets - Asemic Writing Cheryl Penn 2That’s the problem with History – its so subject to winds of change. IF such facts were ever discovered, the course of art history would forever be changed to suit the pallet of the Moorish Darwish. The consequence of that? There would be no Bhubezi Women to Hold Up the World, and no Old Stories on which successfully functioning society is based. Taking a look around, the Darwish is not doing too badly anyway.

Guido Vermeulen by Cheryl Penn. An Encyclopedia of Everything – The Expanded Version.

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Posted on 13th January 2015 by cheryl in Uncategorized

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I “met” Guido in about April 2011 on the IUOMA site and mutual delight ensued. Week after week the most fabulous envelopes arrived from Guido.   More than envelopes, I have two STARTLING paintings, nearly A0 in size which are treasures.   From the beginning, Guido was complex, generous and honest about the way he felt about EVERYTHING – no mincing words, just WHAM – how it was. He ranted about galleries and war, poetics and philosophy.

Guido Vermeulen by Cheryl Penn. Artists' Book - An Encyclopedia of Everything - The Expanded Version

He wrote and translated and painted and drew. He loved his animals Buzz and Nero, feeling a kindred spirit with animals. Health wise he was not well while mentally vacillating between immense love and grief. He lived everything he felt and my word, FEEL he did. His fierce honesty was raw and sometimes hard to bear, and although I received envelopes like “not all days are as bad as this one”   see:

http://guidovermeulen.blogspot.com/2013/02/not-all-days-are-as-bad-as-present-one.html

he still held a childlike wonder at life which he delighted to share.

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Switch was the last work I received from Guido in July 2014 (see end pages) , but Faces on the Road were the last series of books received from Guido and certain lines from these ink drawing books, stand out from what I think are self referential works:

Fado Faces:

20 – Choose between dark eyes or eyes of darkness

43 – ALWAYS listen to the music in your head.

 

Tomb Faces:

20 – The danger of flying in skies unborn

21 – Not all human faces are trained animals

34 – I’m all dressed up for what will be coming

37 – What we have lost is what we’re all about.

The Wild Ones:

27 – Lets solve the stupidity of first impressions

32 – Le cri aveugle/the blind cry

Faces of Universal Tragedies:

13 – Truth as a red tear dripping from a velvet eye

15 – A hero has no face at all

40 – There are more questions than answers – ALWAYS

43 – I am a prisoner of my own reflections

Reflections:

26 – I am not concerned about what I see, but about what I CANNOT se

40 – I am a blackbird in disguise and my real name is history – tribute to David Stone

“When I see your face I see my face 2gether we see faces of Humanity”:

Yes Guido,

I see what you mean.

(Unique book made from envelopes/artworks and photocopies of Mailings from Guido)

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New Images for the Books of Ether Marie Wintzer/Cheryl Penn

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Posted on 6th January 2015 by cheryl in Uncategorized

Marie has been really busy with the clay books.  She has transformed what I think are ordinary photographs into works of art.   I envy her skill.  The interesting  thing is that I don’t know what I would do differently to these images – this is true collaboration when the voice is symbiotic.   As I’ve said before, I had PILES of these clay books which were about to be turfed.  I had intended making an installation BUT got bored with making them (I think this is why some artists turn their work out in factories).  Marie breathed new life into something  dead-ended.   She is  also going to publish these images in an on-line book which will form part of the Books of Ether series – I am looking forward!!

Chained Words Visual Poetry Cheryl Penn:Marie Wintzer

Conversations in Turkey. An Encyclopedia of Everything – The Expanded Version.

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Posted on 3rd January 2015 by cheryl in Uncategorized

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Conversations in Turkey - Cheryl Penn.  An Encyclopedia of Everything - The Expanded Version.

Of course, this book may not ever become anything other than this – rough writing on a bus/in a restaurant/in Ephesus/at the sea – in Turkey. A whole group of us went away to “celebrate” a friends birthday – which celebration seemed to go on and on. I took some loose pages with me and a bag of pens just in case the mood hit.  Too late I thought of rubbings – but LUCKILY by the time I got to Ephesus I had. Imagine missing the opportunity to make buffed copies of words that were close to 2000 years old.

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Quite a few were done near the Library of Celsus – from Wiki (A dis-allowable cut and paste) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_of_Celsus  The library of Celsus is an ancient Roman Building in Ephesus, Anatolia, now part of Selçuk, Turkey. It was built in honor of the Roman Senator Tiberius Julius (completed in 135 AD) by Celsus’ son, Gaius Julius Aquila (consul, 110 AD). Celsus had been consul in 92 AD, governor of Asia in 115 AD, and a wealthy and popular local citizen. He was  a native of nearby Sardis and amongst the earliest men of purely Greek origin to become a consul in the Roman Empire and is honored both as a Greek and a Roman on the library itself. Celsus paid for the construction of the library with his own personal wealth.

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There were many stories in the air – history felt very real among these ruins.   My “tools” were in a bag which my friend Kim dubbed “the nutter starter pack”. Being the helpful sort (REALLY!) she offered to carry the pack, take photographs, hold back the party for me, etc, but at the library she dropped   the whole book into a puddle of rainwater. NEVER MIND said I – and it was REALLY never mind – books take on their own life and very few works can claim to be dunked on-site.   Her name was changed from Kimberly to Thumberly.

Marie Wintzer (Japan). Gymnopedie For The Proverbial Early Morning Toast. (An Encyclopedia of Everything – The Expanded Version).

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Posted on 31st December 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

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Gymnopedie For The Proverbial Early Morning Toast - Marie Wintzer (Japan).  An Encyclopedia of Everything - The Expanded Version.The Gymnopédies (not for toast) are three piano compositions written by Erik Satie, WAY BACK in 1888. These lent et douloureux pieces (translate to “slow and painful”) are some of my favorite piano pieces, and this is the first mention of ‘gymnopedie’ for An Encyclopedia of Everything. They’re gentle if eccentric compositions, and this perfectly describes Marie’s book.

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I mean:

“bubblegum petroleum killerwhale

flapjack butterjohn

miniskirt candyfloss methanol

sourtooth

bittersweet

belly button fluff”

Satie was a colourful figure in the Parisian avant-garde and referred to himself as a “phonometrician” (meaning “someone who measures sounds”) rather than a musician. I think Marie is of the same metal, using the faintest thinners prints to transfer some kind of random imagery to her equally unsystematic word links – something like the last ‘verse’ where one reverses back to bed on the morning one does NOT want to be toast on a day when facing the music.

 

“distrace

rectangle

unfry

infralaugh

prespell

turbodextrous

 

misapear”

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See: http://thebookwormslunch.blogspot.com

 

 

“…right here – left over…” Wolfgang Gunther (Germany)/Cheryl Penn (South Africa) – An Encyclopedia of Everything – The Expanded Version

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Posted on 25th December 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

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Book 2  in the series of collaborative poetry.  (edition of  1 book and 5 chapbooks).   This free verse collaboration ran for nearly 5 months I think –  I had an email meltdown inbetween.   I must thank Wolfgang  for his patience – I was the one at fault here, nearly swallowed  this year by the tidal wave called ‘life’.  Wolfgang began this free verse set  and supplied the title.  For a full version of this work see http://collaborativecanto.blogspot.com

 

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The first two verses:

 

1.

the seas rise

& the average

adjusted profit…

electricity still

optimizes smiles …

both

the surroundings

& the sheer infinite

need poetry…

to take part

doesn’t mean

to live…

 

2.

caught in a breathless

whisper of

18th C existentialism

the lights went

out

the switch was caught

Right Here

said the fixing Man

hovering,

one foot in the abyss.

 

“”What is living”?