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Friday, October 10, 2014


Running in the KZNSA’s Park Contemporary Gallery is Cheryl Penn’s An Encyclopaedia of Everything and Other Matters.

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 Cheryl Penn’s current work in progress - the international collection, collaboration and display of over 385 small bookworks explicitly assembled for an installation titled An Encyclopedia of Everything. Other book collaborations and artists’ books are also on display.

An Encyclopaedia of Everything and Other Matters runs at the KZNSA Gallery until October 26. The KZNSA Gallery is situated at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, in Durban. More information on 031 277 1703, fax 031 201 8051 or cell 082 220 0368 or visit