An Anthology of International Doodles – An Encyclopedia of Everything

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Posted on 12th July 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

An Anthology of International Doodles

An Anthology of International Doodles Cheryl Penn An Encyclopedia of Everything

A doodle is an unfocused or unconscious drawing made while a person’s attention is otherwise occupied – sometimes. I have not noticed that many of the drawings in this collection are ‘mindless’, nor are the doodles always drawings. Within this anthology, doodles have been expanded to include stamping, writing and collage – although there is a good representation of pencil/pen, symmetric/organic examples. Successful Mail Art practitioners have proven to be those of a generous spirit. No wonder it does not appeal to all. Sad. Collaboration brings a joy quite unknown in a world where everyone’s main task is Self.

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Book 1: David Dellafiora (Australia), Erich Sundermann (Austria), Anke van den Berg and Guido Vermeulen (Belgium), Ana Martin Austin (Brazil), Anna Banana and Theo Nelson (Canada) (FOUR sets!)

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Book 2: Kensa Riscorla (England), Alvaro, Wolfgang Guenther and Nikolaus Mohr (Germany), Katerina Nikoltsou (Greeece), Tiziana Baracchi, Vittore Baroni, Pier Roberto Bassi and Walter Pennacchi (Italy). I bound Italy before Germany – I think it was winter in Adelaide – my mind went numb from the cold.

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Frottage – An Encyclopedia of Everything

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Posted on 11th July 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

Frottage

Frottage Cheryl Penn An Encyclopedia of Everything

Book made from a variety of rubbings including Durban City sidewalk man holes and construction sites. Frottage is a drawing which employs rubbing to produce a texture or relief design by laying paper over the relief and rubbing it with some drawing medium – pencil/charcoal/crayon.      I learnt A LOT about brass rubbings, Max Ernst and other Surrealist artists who incorporated such rubbings into their paintings by means of collage. It is also a popular method of making rubbings of medieval church brasses and other ancient monuments and inscriptions. In art, frottage (from French frotter, “to rub”) is a surrealist and “automatic” method of creative production developed by Max Ernst. (on-line) Dora Párez-Tibi
From Grove Art

© 2009 Oxford University Press

http://www.moma.org/collection/details.php?theme_id=10084

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Platbook?

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Posted on 2nd July 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

Platbook?

Platbook? Cheryl Penn An Encyclopedia of Everything

I learnt something – that the word ‘plat’ referred to the flat of a sword (1400-50) late Middle English) or old French – something flat. Walking round the seedier side of the city for the last four years during a painting module on urbanization has allowed me to see the encroachment of decay in the area surrounding the campus. Its all well and good being walled off, but life outside the laager is not looking good.

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Combining various techniques used in class, this book is a demonstration on various methods with which art making relating to the city can be utilized.

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съдина (Vessels in Dispute)

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Posted on 1st July 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

In December 1949, three brothers were digging for clay outside the town of Panagyurishte, located 90 km east of Sofia.  For those of you who are unaware of these treasures, the Panagyurishte find consists of nine solid gold (6.1kg) vessels of sophisticated craftsmanship, decorated with different zoomorphic and anthropomorphic figures.

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That is all well and good – you can find out about these trifles on the internet.  What is NEVER spoken about is the 10th vessel, totally unique in appearance as it does not allude in form at all to the blending of blending Eastern forms with imagery of Greek origin.  From the civilization of  Ancient Thrace, (researchers are in dispute, but I know) the treasure was  hid in a crisis during the reign of Cotys II (300BC – 280BC).

When the Gauls sacked Seuthopolis in 281 BC, and Cotys and company were taken as slaves, Coyts, knowing his wife to be a Bhubezi Woman, hid her, the Panagyurishte treasure and the съдина, promising he would come back.  Pallene knew he would not, but was grateful to the gentle man with hands the size of mountains who was her sworn guardian.

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And what of the съдина     you make ask?

This vessel is actually a map to Between.  The one who can unlock the reading mechanism is The Traveller.  She does not know this as she crosses the world in search of The Keys with The Red Giraffe.  Neither does he – in fact, no-one does except you and I.

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Historian Z.H. Archibald writes:

The Odrysians created the first state entity which superseded the tribal system in the east Balkan peninsula. Their kings were usually known to the outside world as kings of Thrace, although their power did not extend by any means to all Thracian tribes. Even within the confines of their kingdom the nature of royal power remained fluid, its definition subject to the dictates of geography, social relationships, and circumstanceit was no autocratic rule, and  that was no accident – that was the work of Pallene.

Art Book. Karen Alekyan (Armenia)

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Posted on 29th June 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

Karen Alekyan Exhibition - An Encyclopedia of Everything

Karen Alekyan, (Armenia) Art Book.   My first book from Armenia was well worth waiting for. Collage, drawing, asemic text, visual poetry, painting and precision cutting – this book boasts most art forms and mediums.  Clearly stating Karen Alekyan’s personal views on a future state of art, his cover states – I quote: Art will have no geographic limits, depending on regional, local cultural diversities. It will have no color, smell, form, weight, shape, direction, timeline and history, because it will be created Everywhere and Always. Art will be Worldwide – Universal. Art will be Everywhere and with Everyone. Art will be Absolutely Individual. Final words: The Art of the future will get rid of social-economic, political, religious, institutional, state, financial monitoring, the result of which , the era of World Modernism will end. The Art Cultural System will no longer be hierarchical in production and will be free of any kind of business, propaganda notions which meet the interests of cultural hierarchies. Creative Society will come instead of a consumer one.

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A Utopian or Dystopian view? As with most ‘isms’, it depends on your own vantage point. As it is, the persona of an image is a fragile construction, carrying within it the notion of change. Systems of representation are in a precarious and constant state of flux – this world, this time already operates far beyond the visions of earliest 20th century avant-garde imagination.

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Morning Masks David Stone/Cheryl Penn – An Encyclopedia of Everything

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Posted on 21st June 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

Book 8   – David Stone/ Cheryl Penn – Poetry collaboration Morning Masks David Stone:Cheryl Penn Morning Masks - Poetry - An Encyclopedia of Everything

2 Books/4 Chapbooks (Current Issue)

Pushing and pulling, backwards and forwards, from Mandelstam’s black sun to Daedalus, from Bishop Berkeley to Pascal, the span of these words is wide. The labyrinthine habitation of these lines  includes water and clock towers, deep space and Nuremburg – not much goes untouched here.  For the finished poem, see: http://collaborativecanto.blogspot.com David Stone:Cheryl Penn Morning Masks - Poetry - An Encyclopedia of Everything 1

International Doodles – An Encyclopedia of Everything.

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Posted on 20th June 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

Doodles Peter Kaufmann An Encyclopedia of Everything

Peter Kaufmann’s (Switzerland) doodles are more than doodles – he sent a book of a landscape that meanders cross country over 13 pages – it’s a wow. I was thinking of making it into a book, but thought that would actually nullify the concept. A great piece of work which makes the word ‘doodles’ proud.

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Alicia Starr USA) sent doodles which are – as with all her work, complex, multilayered and thoughtful. I can always imagine Alicia’s brain in full flying mode when I receive her work – her doodles are no different.

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Wolfgang Guenther’s (Germany) doodles are full of statements which I have to think twice about – and then once again – “Guess what? Normally my nightmares are about as broad as they are long” and “think – its on the house”.

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Ana Martin Austin (Brazil) – feminine – high heels and lace abound.

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