3.0 # 13 (Industrialized Objects) Theresa Easton (UK) An Encyclopedia of Everything

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Posted on 26th July 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

3.0#13 (Industrialized Objects)

3.0 # 13 (Industrialised Objects) Theresa Easton (An Encyclopedia of Everything)

Information taken from a blog on http://artistbooks.ning.com/profiles/blogs/industrialized-objects?xg_source=activity where Theresa explains her methodology. Please see the link for a full explanation. “ Industrialized Objects is the first in a series of Chap Books exploring WW1 Trench Art and the historical narrative surrounding the making of Trench Art from brass artillery shells. Created for the Personal Histories International Artist Book Exhibition

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Industrialized Objects is made from a single sheet of Zerkall using Photo Litho and Silk Screen”…

Theresa is “using the medium of Mail Art to explore the complex narratives presented in Trench Art and the hybrid nature embedded within the objects.  Industrialized Objects is the culmination of research into the social history of WW1 and the production Mail Art”.   For the full article, including exhibition times/dates please follow the link above.

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The Wind is Blowing (and other works) – Wolfgang Günther/ Cheryl Penn – An Encyclopedia of Everything

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Posted on 25th July 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

Book 9  of collaborative poetry, 2nd writing venture between Wolfgang Günther (Germany) and Cheryl Penn -The Wind is Blowing (and other works)  - First  Edition  of 6 chapbooks.

The Wind is Blowing. Wolfgang Guenther (Germany) Cheryl Penn An Encyclopedia of Everything

Correspondence between nula horo – Wolfgang Günther  and I began in about March and ended in May – as far as I can tell – my emails are misbehaving.   This work was slightly different as Wolfgang was tending his gardens and I was tending minds, so he wrote quite a few verses and I interjected. This is a different sort of process to the way all the other collaborations worked.

The Wind is Blowing. Wolfgang Guenther (Germany) Cheryl Penn An Encyclopedia of Everything 1

Sometimes it felt like writing in a time warp, that I was behind Wolfgang’s place of mind – an interesting experience. For the full work see:

http://collaborativecanto.blogspot.com

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3.0#13 Anything – (Morning Coffee) Stephanie Turnbull (UK) An Encyclopedia of Everything

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Posted on 24th July 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

3.0#13 (Morning Coffee)  (Pamphlet bound book, no. 1/9 – thank you – my favorite number in a series!)

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A fabulous book by Stephanie, conceptually sound and satisfyingly heavy. This hessian bound work represents her “love of coffee and, instead of drinking it (she) has used it as a drawing tool and a source of inspiration. To make this book (she has) printed from the lid and cardboard slip of a take-away cup, printed from coffee sacks and drawn/made marks with ink, filter coffee, coffee beans and stencils”. I read a good article about coffee snobs -   http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/java-jargon-coffee-lovers-take-language-lessons-from-wine-snobs-1.1072573

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and lets face it, life would not be complete without that morning jab, now would it??

3.0 # 13 (Morning Coffee) Stephanie Turnbull

3.0 # 13 (Blue Moon) TICTAC (Germany) – An Encyclopedia of Everything

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Posted on 23rd July 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

3.0 # 13 (Blue Moon)

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A blue moon as far as I know happens every 2 – 3 years – hence the coinage for something rare “once in a blue moon.” Like all TICTAC’s book I have received, this is a convoluted object of ambiguous knowledge, a thwarted narrative that hovers between fact and fiction. It did however remind me of when I was young (!). My parents had a Readers Digest collection of hits of the 40’s, 50‘s and 60’s. I think the version of “Blue Moon” I listened to was by Billy Eckstine.

“Blue moon

You saw me standing alone

Without a dream in my heart

Without a love of my own

Blue moon

You know just what I was there for

You heard me saying a prayer for

Someone I really could care for”.

3.0 # 13 (Blue Moon) TICTAC - An Encyclopedia of Everything

It seems some metaphysical dimension, which has opened up, has folded itself back into the text.

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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:

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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.

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