Plagiarism – unique artists book, Coptic binding, various artists, mixed media. Journal submissions, dissertation copies and other assorted documents were pulped in 2011 and remade into pages which were sent to artists all over the world.
They were returned during the course of 2011 and 2012, but the book was finally bound in October 2014. The intention was to discover how various artists interpreted the title. Contributing artists were: “E” – France, Rob Grant – Australia, Rosa Gravino – Argentina, Judith Heartsong – USA, Lisa Iverson – USA, Diane Keys – USA, Susanna Lakner – Germany, Lesley Magwood Fraser – South Africa, Katerina Nitoltsou – Greece, Bifidus Jones – USA, Cheryl Penn – South Africa, Svetlana Pesetskaya – Russia, Nancy Bell Scott – USA, Judy Skolnik – USA, Jen Staggs – USA, Guido Vermeulen – Belgium, Nadine Wendell Mojica – USA, Marie Wintzer – Japan. (Collection Cheryl Penn).
Spread by Bifidus Jones (USA)
The New Alexandrian Library – see
I am reviving the New Alexandrian Library as I have received some beautiful books, which don’t fit the format of An Encyclopedia of Everything. I have been collecting and swopping books for years from all over the world and thought it would be a good idea to share some of them.
WINTZER, Marie (Japan)
Macquarie Codex Excerpts (2015)
SOUTHORN, Jo (Australia)
Hell Fire Corner (2015)
My Shadow (2015)
IVERSEN, Lisa (USA)
Where I’m At
This series of books came about as a result of trying to create some kind of autobiography without using the traditional methodology – this is an artists book after all. This is about the 7th in this series, but the first for The Expanded Version of An Encyclopedia of Everything. How it works is that while lecturing/doing commission work/answering the telephone/doing LIFE, I cover my worktables with large sheets of brown paper/paper pulp. Anything I need to note/thoughts/ideas are written onto these sheets – brushes are cleaned, stencils are wiped – ie the residue of my creative life is embedded on these large sheets. So its autobiographical information, just not of a traditional sort. 2014 was a TOUGH year – all round, for many, many people. Truth be told, I don’t see it getting better – not that’s its BAD – just hard. So, during the time this sheet was created I made a series of 150, 3 page booklets for BAU, an invited international assembly magazine. The invite came from Vitorre Baroni in Viareggio, Italy. The subject was LEO EX MACHINA – new Leonardesque machines inspired by the myth of Leonardo. OF COURSE that just fed right into the Bhubezi mythology, so I made two books related to that at the same time. It was wonderful to have the opportunity just to PLAY!
I had my 3.0 # 14 (Holes) collaboration to deal with too – an idea I was battling with, BUT these works triggered an idea of HOLES in the life of Leonardo Da Vinci – those holes of course were the work of The Women Who Hold Up the World – one of which was Mona Lisa – actually Leonardo’s mother Caterina. I also assembled the 12th edition of Mail Art Makes the World a Town, put up and took down An Encyclopedia of Everything, made a book in memory of Guido Vermeulen, a close artist correspondent who died in Belgium, travelled extensively for work, wrote for David Stone’s (USA) Black Bird Publications, made the poetry book – The City (A collaboration with Marie Wintzer – Japan) and on and on I seemed to go. I have promised myself I’m taking it easier next year – trying to decided what/who is IMPORTANT. We forget how important the REAL things are, while being swept in the maelstrom of life’s vicissitudes.
Just for Guido
Set of 5 Chapbooks, fold pages with insertions. 3 books sent to David Stone (USA), 2 for An Encyclopedia of Everything – The Expanded Version.
All Images – Guido Vermeulen (Belgium)
Selected Poetry for Guido by David Stone.
2 poems for Guido by Cheryl Penn.
Books complied by Cheryl Penn (South Africa).
There is sometimes so much to say, yet no words that make sense which lie comfortably within the confines of a page.
a wish from a window
far from home
did you go back?
the secrets of saved lives
spilled in ink
the answer is rooted in a sequence of events.
Book filled with bric-a-brac/writing/slips, visual poetry made during my recent trip to Australia to see my parents. A lot of time was spent indoors caring, cleaning and cooking – GOOD time. I am always amazed at how every year I go back, it’s like I never left, that not even 5 minutes has past, never mind a whole year. BUT getting there and back is HORRIBLE! 32 – 36 hours door to door. One good thing – I retained my title as Scrabble Queen – even when it was two against one!
Asemic Writing Painting: I wrote a letter to my love and on the way I dropped it
Edition of two and then two more handmade books made from a painting from the I wrote a letter to my love and on the way I dropped it series.
Included text is the first part of an article to be published on asemic writing on issuu When one looks up the term ‘asemic writing’, there are very few variations in definition. It is generally perceived to be wordless writing, with open, or no semantic content. Since making art from asemic writing, I have always referred to it as writing in the shadowlands – that is, a writing form between existing between words and language structures.
It LOOKS like writing, but it is not writing – if one perceives writing to be script intended to communicate. Through school we are all taught to write a uniform way, but strangely, this drawing form has a life of its own. It’s not long before each student has his or her own interpretation of the alphabet. And so I go on… Open debate also questions whether asemic writing is a branch of visual poetry or not.