Mail Art Makes the World a Town Edition 16
David Stone – Citadel
TICTAC – 3.0 # 16 (Endings and Beginnings)
Reacting to Renee (Omnibus)
Renee Leslie/Cheryl Penn (South Africa).
Colophon: unique collaborative artists book. Mixed media including drawing, digital prints, text, collage, sewing, painting, 32 pages with pockets. Dated September 2009.
Its quite strange looking back to the beginning of making books. I had forgotten so many things. Reopening these works has been a joy on every occasion. Using ‘X’ as a character, I responded to some drawings Renee swopped with me or visa versa. They were dreams I had had, and although when I first looked again, some of the drawings seem irrelevant, they were absolutely not. One dream:
X hummed love among the ruins whilst sitting on a rickety chair looking at a set of ruins. A lonely chair in a lonely spot. It was growing dark, but X kept seeing a flash of blue among the dereliction. A LARGE blue chameleon emerged from the rubble, sitting on a broken pillar, blinking morosely at X. The chameleon suddenly JUMPED and wrapped its legs about X’s neck. X got such a fright! But all the chameleon needed was love among the ruins. I smile as I remember this, so clearly.
One Thousand and One Steps
No. 1 of an edition of intended 5 (only 3 materialized) digitally printed books. Text from One Thousand and One Nights;
“Thou thoughtest well of the days when they went well with thee
and fearedst not the evil that destiny was bringing.
Thy nights were peaceful
and thou wast deceived by them
in the midst of their brightness cometh gloom.
Who is there to aid me in mine affliction
For my pain hath become intense
and my remedy is scarce procurable…
Let fortune do whatever it willeth
a decreed term is my invisible lot
to bear with cheerful mind
and as soon as its days have expired I die.
As the text wanders out the page, so she wandered through the pages.
The Tinder Box (Part Two)
Joan Martin/Cheryl Penn (South Africa)
Joan is an artist I have a great deal of respect for. She is a teacher of the highest caliber, generous with her time and expertise and is good at EVERYTHING she turns her hand to. This book is part two as we collaborated on part one together and she kept that book. Colophon: Unique collaborative artists book, accordion bound, mixed media including drawing, painting, text, stickers, fabric. extended – 295cm X 30cm.
Cheryl Penn and Jane Leach. Everything and Nothing and Juniper trees and Reacting and Random and impressive and Everything and Reaction and Life and Bald and Paint and Barter and Plans and Eyes ojguyre564kl and William and Henry.
I tell you one thing I found interesting digging into my treasure trove of books – Everything – appears quite a few times. All our thoughts and intuition has been there from the time we start to create, some kind of genetic information chain that resides in the nonphysical. And, this has to be the longest title I’ve seen in a long time. I think it came after the book – an indication of the eclectic nature of its pages. I was very privileged when Jane Leach agreed to collaborate with me.
Colophon: Unique artists book. Drawing, collage, painting, text, sewing, acetate, various papers, linoprints, monoprints, stamps, stencils, wax, fabric. 54 pages, 37cm x 25cm x 6cm. Dated December 2009.
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.
Unique pocket book made from TLP’s and an artist’s book sent via Mail, collated by myself. Pockets are made from envelopes in which these sendings arrived. John M Bennett is an experimental language artist who also runs a small press, Luna Bisonte Prods, founded in 1974.
He has produced and published literally THOUSANDS of publications, as well as acting as an avid collector of “modern avant-garde, experimental and/or unclassifiable literature in the belief that future generations will one day reap the rewards of his efforts. It is important to collect these writers because, as has been the case over and over in the history of literature, the best and most innovative writing, the writing that advances the art and that in the future becomes the classic and defining work of a period, is almost always the work of outsiders”.
(Quoted from… http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/stockpiling-the-avant-garde-john-m-bennett/ ) – an article by David F. Hoenigman (2009).
I am fortunate to hold – dare I venture to say, the biggest collection of Johns work in Africa??? He is VERY generous with his sendings and this book contains a few examples of ‘TLP’s” – “tacky little pamphlets” (his own terminology) and two artists books Bare Moon and The Lunch the Gravel. Bare Moon is produced by Zwirn “a whitewall of sound publication edited by Jim Clinefelter”. It’s a gorgeous small, square format book of poems stamped on found materials such as maps and text books, indicating the world is touched by the bare moon. I wondered if John’s poetry is Otherstream – and found this comment –
“John M. Bennett, whom I consider the most insanely creative otherstream poet on earth (because innovative in dozens of ways, in dozens of different kinds of poems…
I’ve called him “the Jackson Pollock” of poetry because of so many of his poems’ struggled ascent from the reptilian bottom of human feeling into a sub-demotic splatter that eventually coheres into a kind of finally understood momentary but full state of mind” (Bob Grumman. 2014, available on-line at http://poeticks.com/bob-grummans-small-press-review-columns/14625-2/ ). ( ‘Otherstream’ was coined by Grumman in the 80’s).
I must mention my latest acquisition which arrived yesterday – Motel Moods published in 1980 – great stuff – MANY thanks John.
Mona Lisa by RCBz
The text component of this book was received from RCBz (USA) as part of the catalogue writing for the first mail art exhibition in South Africa – “Mail Art Makes the World a Town” which ran from 15 October – 3 November 2012 in Durban at artSpace Gallery – I began a Mona Lisa call on IUOMA in November 2011. The question accompanying the call was what is an original image? The response was great, but the digital custodian of the received artworks was ultimately RCBz. R first sent Medi-Alert Mona and then the Not the Dulwhich Gallery image – see: http://cherylpenn.com/wpb/?p=1186
This composite image is a merging of Mona Lisa interpretations he had digitally assembled off my blog. A digital print series evolved, part of which became the “Cards on the Rack Series”. These images were first sent as beautifully printed gloss A4 prints.
RCBz took the blogged images and ‘interfered’ to create postcards, which were sent to each of the artists – I was fortunate to get a whole set which now form the artworks for this book.
RCBz on the cards (portion of text quoted from Monalogue: “Nine of the cards submitted to the Mona Lisa Call found a willing receptor in me. Something in the aesthetic of each gave me a context in which to maunder. Over here I saw Betty-Boop, and over there I saw where supermodels get their mojo, and it all made sense because I provided the relevance. Every viewer can do this to some degree with some image. That is the point. Art activates the viewer who in turn infuses art: all on a moving cakewalk of endorphins. And each time this happens a nanos-thin piece of meaningfulness falls to be gathered into ever larger aggregates. My re-contextualizations of these nine others’ work [The Cards on the Rack] attempt to increase the amount of meaningfulness and concentrate its fall. Meaningfulness is non-fungible. We want our Meaningfulness but not to have to run all over the place sweeping it up”.
Artists Postcards Book 2 (Sample Book)
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.