Exhibition News – An Encyclopedia of Everything.


Posted on 1st October 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

cheryl invite 1

Condensed Catalogue Introduction:
artists statement:

There is a reason for making byte size books of the vade mecum sort. It’s the result of too many ideas in constant disarray, endlessly knocking and needing to be given form. Form? Ideas persuading the metaphysical dimension to open up and fold themselves into the pages of a book. Encyclopedias have been around for about 2000 years – still in existence is Naturalis Historia written about AD77 by Pliny the elder.

Encyclopedias are tomes of articles and subjects on any and every topic of accumulated, verifiable knowledge. They differ to dictionaries in that a linguistic, alphabetical listing of words is limiting. This form of classification may leave the meaning-seeker lacking in contextualized understanding and association.
But this encyclopedia is different.
Here, when a volume discusses printing, one can run fingers down the impressions left by the printing press, and touch the unevenness of ink. Or, a book on artists’ stamps has samples of these intimate artworks, gathered from around the world. Therefore, the curious thing with this particular collection is the way information is presented, the change information has undergone in the hands of an artist. It presents in real time, an original artifact; how artists and writers interpret and intimately engage with facts – a demonstration of how artists think and decode subject matter in their own unique ways. And, this installation continually proves to be an area ripe for artistic collaboration – a body of work made possible through world wide collective adventure.

There is renewed interest in the notebooks and drawn or written thoughts and jottings of remarkable men and women. Simple things, like shopping lists, and personal observations, writing down pertinent quotes and ‘things to do’, have helped those interested to pierce together the daily grind of lives lived so long ago. Imagine owning/knowing Aristotle’s shopping list – well, I’m curious.

An Encyclopedia of Everything was once just such an inkling, a jot in a notebook, but now, this simple idea is manifest in over 350 small book works. I could not have done it without the constant engagement of the artists listed, so my appreciation of their contribution is unbounded and here acknowledged. And, this is by no means over. More books are already in the making for:
An Encyclopedia of Everything – The Expanded Version.

Reed Altemus (USA)
Rosaire Appel (USA)
Jac Balmer (UK)
Tiziana Baracchi (Italy)
Vittore Baroni (Italy)
Allan Bealy (USA) (Collaboration)
Angela Behrendt (Germany)
C. Mehrl Bennett (USA)
John Bennett (USA)
Jessica Bothma (South Africa)
Judy Bourke (Australia)
Kathy Boyle (New Zealand)
Vizma Bruns (Australia)
Joel Chace (USA) (Collaboration)
Daniel Chapman [Mook Lion] (South Africa)
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) (Collaboration)
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)
Jürgen Olbrich (Germany) (Collaboration)
Jack Oudyn (Australia)
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)

An Encyclopedia of Everything and Other Matters
Artists Book Exhibition by Cheryl Penn
Since concluding her Masters Degree in 2010 and the accompanying exhibition The Reading Room, Cheryl Penn has continued to investigate the artists’ book as an art medium. The schizoid nature of these works: textual/verbal, visual/pictorial and public/private has meant that this form of art can flaunt such a complex multiplicity of forms that “the book will never be done”. We live in Technology Times, where prognosticators continually predict the death of the book, but exhibitions such as this prove that “everything in the world exists in order to end up in a book” – Stephané Mallarmé (1876). The exhibition displays her current work in progress – the international collection, collaboration and display of over 350 small bookworks explicitly assembled for an installation titled An Encyclopedia of Everything. Other book collaborations and artists books will be on show.
A link to some exhibition information:


9 dreams a diary. Klaus von Mirbach (Germany). An Encyclopedia of Everything.


Posted on 21st September 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

9 dreams a diary: 

9 dreams a diary - Klaus von Mirbach (Germany) An Encyclopedia of Everything 1A beautifully made book received from Klaus opens with the preface: “When I wake up, I do not remember the whole dream. A few sentences are left, sometimes just words or pictures. I draw, I write down these fragments… the dreams in this book are therefore not accurate notes of my night dreams…the transfer of drawings in linocuts, the selection of dreams…changes the dreams once more. Or is it rather the case, with such an art activity it comes closer to what happened at night? Who knows”. Indeed who does? Dreams change during telling, the unconscious I think highlighting something, which may be concealed in the dreaming. It’s a strange business, dreaming, yet, if I don’t dream I feel defrauded – as though I endured an inactive night.  9 dreams a diary - Klaus von Mirbach (Germany) An Encyclopedia of Everything Sunday August 20th ‘s dream: They asked me, what my greatest wish would be for the rest of my life and I said, without giving any thought: I wish I could fly again in my dreams, like the time when I was a child when every night with arms outstretched and the wind I flew over forests, fields and the sea. They answered: Unfortunately, this is no longer possible. It’s too late”. Is it I wonder? 9 dreams a diary - Klaus von Mirbach (Germany) An Encyclopedia of Everything 2

Durban Elephants. Mook Lion/Daniel Chapman (South Africa). An Encyclopedia of Everything.


Posted on 18th September 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

Durban Elephants Mook Lion as he is better known on campus is currently studying for his MTech at Durban University of Technology. He is a street artist whose elephants and other works are appearing in many public Durban areas. For example, for the International Union of Architects World Congress, Daniel was commissioned to paint Public Art of five site-specific murals within walking distance of the ICC and the UIA 2014 conference.

Mook Lion Durban Elephants An Encyclopedia of Everything

This book came about after he showed me beautiful lino cut prints which were preparatory sketches for a commission. One such print is the main accordion fold of the book. Daniel is making art which is “conceptually driven, with a fine art aesthetic, within the public space”.  For the Digital Art Festival which has just past, he painted a giant portrait using a roller on a LONG pole, no drawing, standing about 4 meters on a flight of stairs, painting over another flight in a double volume area. I am in awe!

Mook Lion Durban Elephants An Encyclopedia of Everything 1

Mook Lion Durban Elephants An Encyclopedia of Everything 2

CiRC! (Series 2) Jürgen Olbrich (Germany)/Cheryl Penn. An Encyclopedia of Everything


Posted on 17th September 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

CiRC! (Series 2):  Jürgen Olbrich (Germany)/Cheryl Penn – CirC! Collaboration 10

CirC Series 2 Jurgen Olbrich (Germany) Cheryl Penn - An Encyclopedia of Everything 1

I have not known Jürgen for long, but having received some catalogues from the 90’s (amongst other fascinations!) – like (SAVE/GIVE Life is Art enough) (Kasseler Kunstverein/ Jürgen Olbrich) and documentation of other hugely interesting projects, I was delighted that he agreed to collaborate with me.   I say series 2 as the format has changed to accordion after spending some time inhaling thinners in the printing studio! Jürgen is involved in many long-term projects – like Collective Copy, which has been running since 1977, and the Paper Police project in which he controls public paper containers all over Germany, now for over 20 years. He has “tons of material” and supports 15 museums and collections world wide with things he finds in the containers, including “the Jewish Museum in Berlin with Nazi material…

One of the first things I found 2o years ago in a container was an English children’s book. This and 3-4 other items actually sparked off the idea of the “Paper police”. It is this book, found 20 years ago Jürgen has used to complete the collaboration.

CirC Series 2 Jurgen Olbrich (Germany) Cheryl Penn - An Encyclopedia of Everything

CirC Series 2 Jurgen Olbrich (Germany) Cheryl Penn - An Encyclopedia of Everything 2

See www.spechtart.de


Overheard Overhead More Forward than Right Here. An Encyclopedia of Everything.


Posted on 13th September 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized


Overheard Overhead  (Book/Chapbook – further edition of 6 chapbooks)

Cheryl Penn Overheard Overhead (Free Verse Poetry) An Enycyclopedia of Everything

This is my 4th book of aleatory (related to chance) poetry – or I guess its better-termed free verse. Lines of words stand in a queue waiting for their turn to appear on a page. Sometimes the queue is so long I forget until I can get to pen and paper; then there they are again, needing to be part of no sequential, edited text, just written down and appearing together. I posted this work on the collaborative writing blog as again, it’s a collaboration between myself and chance. http://collaborativecanto.blogspot.com

Cheryl Penn Overheard Overhead (Free Verse Poetry) An Enycyclopedia of Everything 1


don’t waste your time

don’t mistake her

for someone who cares

the static got to her dawn.

her sun

can no longer shine.

Digital Festival Preparation


Posted on 10th September 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

Preparing the campus for the public has involved teaching students the  interesting results of facial distortion – how to keep a character essence while twisting features – an interesting experiment.  Photographs were taken with a phone and a simple free image distorter.  The results were painted onto the wall – by first year students.  Bongani has just been to China on a trip he won from the Confucius Centre  for a startlingly realistic portrait of Confucious – and  his wall work reflects his travels.  Dane is from the Graphic design department – AMAZING work, and me – well, I’m just me!





A Curious Dream. (An Encyclopedia of Everything and Other Matters)


Posted on 9th September 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

A Curious Dream – Unique Book accordion bound.  320cm  long by 21cm high.

A Curious Dream 1 Cheryl Penn

I began this book in 2011 while in a flurry of idea implosion and excessive book activity. Quite a few books were begun during this time, but with no deadlines in sight, they lay, waiting completion. An Encyclopedia of Everything and Other Matters was the perfect excuse to go through these to see if any were worth finishing. This certainly was. The curious dream begins with “This place gave her the creeps. Everyone looked like half something. Like De Moreau had had a go. And there were Twelve Monkeys suffering from vertigo. The horn man said: What are you staring at”?

A Curious Dream 2  Cheryl Penn