David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.


18 May 2019

Intrigues of the Void


After a campaign of critical co-option ] Resistance Is Futile ( come auction night, Christie's realised a record price for a Work Of Art by a Living Artist : $US91,075,000 for a Jeff Koons 'Rabbit' (1986), number 2 from an edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof. 


 A full-page ad in the New York Times to promote the auction
 of Jeff Koons’ 'Rabbit'.



 A woman looks at Jeff Koons' "Rabbit" from the Masterpieces 
 from The Collection of S.I. Newhouse at Christie's New York
 press preview on May 3, 2019 as part of Christie's Post-War
 and Contemporary Art evening sale. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. 
 CLARY /AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY 
 MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE 
 THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION ( Photo credit 
 should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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15 May 2019

Label Bird | Title Feather | detail



Theatre of Avian Regard  
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12 May 2019

LOGOS/HA HA : Common Sense v The Rules


Australian rules football, officially known as Australian football,[2] or simply called Aussie rulesfootball or footy, is contact sport played between two teams of eighteen players on an oval-shaped field, often a modified cricket ground. Points are scored by kicking the oval-shaped ball between goal posts (worth six points) or between behind posts (worth one point). (Wikipedia)

*PRESS RELEASE* (Sunday 12 May 2019)
Following Friday night's 'Swan Up A Goal Post' incident 
at the SCG, and the endorsement by the AFL CEO of the umpires' decision to preference "common sense" over the Rules of the Code, Australian RULES Football is 
to be rebranded Australian Common Sense Football.


Sidney Nolan, Footballer (1946)                            collection NGV

In the mid-1940s, when Nolan was painting boyhood recollections of St Kilda and "heroic" figures such as bushranger Ned Kelly, he decided to paint Footballer, an "emblematic portrait of the sports-warrior".[5] The work was painted in the dining room at Heide, the Templestowe home of art patrons John and Sunday Reed, on 24 August 1946. In his journal, Nolan writes: "Finished my painting of a footballer this morning and called Jim [the gardener at Heide] to have a look at it. He said it looked quite real, almost as if you were there, so it at least passed the critical eye of a specialist."[5] Its completion date falls in the middle of Nolan's iconic first series of 27 Ned Kelly works, all but one painted in the Heide dining room. Together with the Kelly series, Footballer has been interpreted as a "veiled self-portrait"—both men, like the artist, stand outside society in a "space no longer governed by everyday rules."[6][7]  (Wikipedia)


After the siren, Dane Rampe (Sydney Swans) climbs a goal post
as David Myers (Bombers) prepares to kick for the win.     

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has praised the "practical" umpiring decision to warn but not penalise Sydney’s Dane Rampe for his bizarre move to scurry up the goal post as an Essendon player lined up for an after-the-siren shot at goal.

The Sydney co-captain risked giving away a free kick – almost certainly resulting in a winning goal for Essendon – by deciding to climb the goal post as Bomber David Myers prepared to kick for goal from about 60 metres out.

‘‘People want, I think, common sense in the umpiring and some practicality. I hear that all the time. I think that’s what was exhibited last night. That’s what happens in our game – people cut it both ways.’’- Gil McLachlan 


Rampe's goal-post climb: AFL backs 'practical umpiring'
Scott Spits | The Age
11 May 2019

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11 May 2019

TITULUM AVES VOLANTES


Watch birds in flight 
some are noisy
some are quiet

Label Birds 
distinctive formation
crier's incantation


Titulum Aves flight pattern   

Theatre of Avian Regard   
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08 May 2019

The Loaded Mind


The Loaded Dog (written by Henry Lawson, published 1901)
Plot summary from Wikipedia :

Three gold miners named Dave Regan, Jim Bently, and Andy Page are sinking a shaft at Stony Creek. The trio own a young retriever dog named Tommy, described as "an overgrown pup... a big foolish, four-footed mate." Andy and Dave, fishing enthusiasts, devise a unique method of catching fish using explosives. The dog picks up an explosive cartridge in its mouth, and runs the fuse through the campfire, prompting the three men to flee. Tommy, thinking it a game, playfully chases down his "two-legged mates," who try everything in their power to escape the cartridge. Jim tries to climb a tree and then drops down a mine shaft, meanwhile Andy has hidden behind a log. When Dave seeks refuge in the local pub, the dog bounds in after him, causing the Bushmen inside to scatter. Tommy comes across a "vicious yellow mongrel cattle-dog sulking and nursing his nastiness under [the kitchen]," who takes the cartridge for himself. A crowd of dogs, curious about this unusual object, gather around the cartridge. The subsequent explosion blows apart the yellow cattle-dog and maims numerous others. For half an hour, the Bushmen who witnessed the spectacle are laughing hysterically. Tommy the retriever trots home after Dave, "smiling his broadest, longest, and reddest smile of amiability, and apparently satisfied for one afternoon with the fun he’d had.".



We were reminded of Henry Lawson's danger dog and the after-laughter of his Bushmen of TAR when we first saw and mis-read/double-read this scroll-carrier scroll scene by Kano Tsunenobu.

Kanō Tsunenobu (狩野常信) (1636–1713) was a Japanese painter of the Kanō school. He first studied under his father, Kanō Naonobu, and then his uncle, Kanō Tan'yū, after his father's death. He became a master painter and succeed his uncle Tan'yū as head of the Kanō school in 1674. (Wikipedia)


Theatre of the Actors of Regard  
 After Kano Tsunenobu
 after Henry Lawson
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FIAPCE  
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05 May 2019

Scriptus and Schemata



  documentation of schemata   

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  A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
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03 May 2019

Trans Reader




 Yosa Buson reading by Yosa Buson brushing
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02 May 2019

Card Reader


[pro]master
All in 1 
Card Reader


Theatre of the Actors of Reading  
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01 May 2019

Image Reader


 

Image Reader considers how do we visually read, internalise, process or decode the images that circulate around us? Engaging with four artists who destabilise a linear reading of the image—Guy Grabowsky, Nina Gilbert, Ry Haskings and Eliza Hutchison—Image Reader explores the power photography has to visually communicate, and subconsciously influence our reading of the world.
Acutely attuned to this subliminal process of visually reading, the artists in Image Reader obscure the lines between the legible and the indecipherable, moving between digital, analogue and sculptural photographic practices. By highlighting the non-linearity of memory, the architectural and site-specific contexts images inhabit, or through drawing our attention to the overlooked in beguiling ways, Image Reader points towards a visual language that is simultaneously perplexing, deeply idiosyncratic and constantly present, whether we can read it or not.
Curated by Madé Spencer-Castle
EXHIBITION
06 April – 02 June 2019

ARTIST TALKS
Thursday, 16th May 2019, 6—7.30pm

CONTACT
Centre for Contemporary Photography
404 George St, Fitzroy Victoria 3065, Australia

info@ccp.org.au
+61 39417 1549
FB / TW / IG



 Image Reader at CCP opening night.                Photo: J Forsyth

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30 April 2019

upcoming auction | La femme de TAR en noir


Striking Vignettes Illustrate the Influence 
of Africa and Oceania on Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art

Theatre of the Actors of Regard  
Chaim Soutine, 
La femme en rouge
Estimate $6,000,000–8,000,000.  

Iatmul Hook Figure, 
Blackwater River Region, 
Middle Sepik River, 
East Sepik Province, 
Papua New Guinea. 
Estimate $250,000–350,000. 

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A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something... 
         
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