Pehernefer: The Authentic Massacre of the Innocent Image Painting Number 103

Much is known about this scribe, a story teller without equal. His titles include

One of the “Great ten of Upper Egypt” (Egyptian: Wer-medj-shemaw)

He who’s under the head of the king (Egyptian: Heri-tep-nesw) (But this is incorrect it should be ‘queen’ – you can’t expect archaeologists to get it ALL right).

Overseer of the treasuries (Egyptian: Imi-ra per-hedj)

Overseer of all royal works (Egyptian: Imi-ra kat-nebet net-nesw)

Overseer of the royal granaries (Egyptian: Imj-ra schenut-nebut inet-nesu)

You can be sure the list goes on (and on) – titles were flung about on the wind. Nothing is known about Pehernefer’s family (that’s because he didn’t have one – except for the Lammasu tribe who took him in after he was abandoned in the Western desert (that’s how he got that title – I told you titles were blown in).  So what does all this have to do with ‘endings and beginnings’? Not much really simply because the Bhubezi Women are STILL trying to find the keys so that nothing ends – or begins in fact.

Pehernefer had this gift thing, given to him by Hatshepsut – who you should all know by now is a Bhubezi Woman – that enabled him to triple-read any scroll given to him.

He could see the current writing, the history of the writing and its place in the future. Right now, sitting at 4pm with an old scroll found (forward time) at the Alexandrian Library, he could hear the same words Lammasu heard – the Red Giraffe and Traveller were at his elbow, pulling him back to sanity.

“GET A GRIP”!

“We have the key”!

Pehernefer

Just for Guido. An Encyclopedia of Everything – The Expanded Version.

Just for Guido

Just for Guido. Cheryl Penn. Artists Book. An Encyclopedia of Everything

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).

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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

Guido –

did you go back?

 

the secrets of saved lives

undone

spilled in ink

the answer is rooted in a sequence of events.

Just for Guido. Cheryl Penn. Artists Book. An Encyclopedia of Everything.

Exploring the Gutter. An Encyclopedia of Everything – The Expanded Version.

Exploring the Gutter.

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The gutter of a book is that no-mans land in the inside blank margin where the pages are bound. There are actually two gutters, so when one is looking at a page spread there is a doubling of space. In general page arrangement, it is blank for obvious reasons – one battles to access the information and would    split a perfect bound book if attempting to. Straddling the border between texts the gutter is often a quiet place – blank and serene, indifferent to the clutter on either side of it. Of COURSE other book artists have entered this no-fly zone before – think of Un Coup de Dés jamais n’abolira le Hasard (1897) by Stéphane Mallarmé. I must say, I enjoy the page silence.

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Earthly. Marie Wintzer (Japan)/Cheryl Penn (South Africa). An Encyclopedia of Everything

Earthly. Cheryl Penn:Marie Wintzer - An Encyclopedia of Everything - The Expanded Version

Marie Wintzer and I have collaborated before (and continue to) in a series titled Books of Ether. Marie posted me the photographs which she had printed mid-March, and although this project is part of the digital realm, I have also made them into an artefact.   I cant touch, page through, remember as well, when scrolling down a glass screen – its just not a book. Together we published various photos on our blogs, but the e-book was published by Marie on 22 January 2015 on scribd – see

https://www.scribd.com/doc/253274958/Earthly

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Forewords:

Made of Clay.

Taken from the dust of the earth, these books became something else, data images that happened in Ether Realms.  It’s always trying to breathe new life into old ideas – like us, they’re never quite ready to die.

Cheryl Penn.

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Making books out of clay,

the work of a potter [shaping soil into pages]

the work of a writer [chiseling words out of sodden earth]

the work of a gardener [growing roots across fields]

the work of an architect [building stories through dust]

the work of a musician [composing songs engraved in ether]

The beauty of those clay books needed no enhancement, their stunning naked aura was evident to any eyes curious enough to see. But one can always demand more of books…

Marie Wintzer.

Rod Summers by Cheryl Penn. An Encyclopedia of Everything – The Expanded Version

Unique book made from a collection of mailings by Rod Summers. Pockets hold such works as Free Form Across the Universe (2014), Prometheus Extinguished Darkly 2014 (in which Rod was kind enough to write “Inspired by the free form poem Overheard by Cheryl Penn (2014), Shelf Life – our collaboration (2105) and An Undistinguished Martyrdom (for those I still love) (2015). There are also pockets holding Rods particular style of postcards, ranging from ‘anger management’ tools to the musings of Dr Moss Mure.  (This image was sent by Rod as part of a request “Ties from the back of the closet” – RCBz (USA).

Rod Summers by Cheryl Penn. An Encyclopedia of Everything - The Expanded Version

There are quite a few facts one can gather about Rod off the internet – see for example the trusty steed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Summers (I have put this into the book), BUT I am of course more curious about the PERSON of Rod Summers and we have maintained a lively, slightly erratic email exchange for a number of years. Rod is a compulsive artist, seeking inspiration from everything around him – his beloved Iceland, his allotment plot (I’ve never seen a potato that big), his correspondents – I have been lucky enough to collaborate with Rod AND have had “a genetically moderated text to be read aloud triumphantly” THE SPAR_ROW (from Free Form Across the Universe) written JUST for me.

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I have listened (among other recordings), with glee to the shenanigans of Helgi, (Rods alter ego?), the Hjalteyri Scales (an audio performance and installation in a vacant herring processing plant in Iceland and a memory stick which I think I am right in saying has over 11 hours worth of listening material – I’m about 5 hours in. Rod loves Planet Suite by Holst, Send in the Clowns and Windmills of your mind. He loves tea and home. We’re on the same page there.

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One can read a variety of interviews with Rod, including

http://lomholtmailartarchive.dk/focus/focus-1-vec-interview-rod-summers

and also watch his lecture on his documentation of Mail Art on

https://vimeo.com/98041000

This book – “Ben wot ik 8” is a set of list shopping slips/receipts from a variety of Maastrichtian supermarkets most of which are accessed by bicycle?  An interesting curiosity read – a legible read too, as Afrikaans is based in Dutch and I have a smattering.   I have paired it with a very amusing (although not when you’re 5 or 6 I imagine) postcard on which Rod describes finding of a set of false teeth in a tin – that must have been on SOMEONES’s shopping list?

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

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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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