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.


25 March 2017

Regard of Photograph of Upholder of Falling Wall of Photographs Reportedly Unstable


1970 - now 
NGV Festival of Photography continues...

Theatre of the Actors of Regard
Collapsing Wall Of Photographs Held Back
Eric Westbrook, Director of the National Gallery of Victoria,
at “The Perceptive Eye Exhibition”, 1970 
photo : Australian Women’s Weekly, 7 January, 1970
AAA_Art Archive Australia

With weeping and with laughter 
Still is the story told, 
How well Eric held the wall 
In the brave days of old.

- after Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay


They never re-staged that fallen haul
They just placed a marble in front of it all.
These few words are written by that stand
At the bottom of this heap lies a big, big man.

- after Jimmy Dean

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


  

24 March 2017

Private TAR Tour


Have you dreamt of a private tour in the Gallery’s collection store with Gallery Director, Jason Smith? One lucky Gallery Member who joins before Friday 31 March will go in the draw for a one-on-one tour.
   
Treat yourself to a Geelong Gallery Membership, and try your luck by following the link:
   
Image : Gallery Director Jason Smith, and Georgia Chara inspecting Peter Tyndall’s ‘detail: A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/ someone looks at something…’ 1989, in the Gallery painting store.
Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
Garry Flanigan      Wow..... we would love a tour

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


  

22 March 2017

knothing...

after Shinkichi Tajiri 

Theatre of the Actors of Regard
 detail 
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 
         
 LOGOS/HA HA


21 March 2017

Serial and Conceptual Photography


Spare Room 33 concluded their 2016 home gallery program with a Lawrence Weiner survey.
   
They return tonight with Serial and Conceptual Photography.
Works by Rooney, Coventry, Tyndall, Ruscha, Huebler, König, Boltanski, Feldmann, the Bechers, Tajiri, Groover, and more.

open on Saturday 25 March and Saturday 1 April 2017
11.00 am - 4.30 pm
and by appointment :

Spare Room 33
Canberra, Australia


Spare Room 33  
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 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 
         
 LOGOS/HA HA


20 March 2017

++++ delirium XXXX delirium ++++ delirium XXXX delirium ++++ delirium XXXX delirium ++++ delirium XXXX delirium ++++ delirium XXXX delirium ++++ delirium XXXX delirium ++++ delirium XXXX delirium ++++ delirium XXXX delirium ++++ delirium XXXX delirium ++++ delirium XXXX delirium ++++ delirium XXXX


In Principio LOGOS
Lelio Orsi (1511-1587)
Kiyoshi Koishi (1908-1957)
TAR/HA HA

Turning and turning in the widening gyre   
The falcon cannot hear the falconer; 
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; 
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, 
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere   
The ceremony of innocence is drowned; 
The best lack all conviction, while the worst   
Are full of passionate intensity. 

Surely some revelation is at hand; 
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.   
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out   
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi 
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert   
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,   
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,   
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it   
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.   
The darkness drops again; but now I know   
That twenty centuries of stony sleep 
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,   
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,   
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

- The Second Coming, W B Years
    

FIAPCE  
 detail 
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 
         
 LOGOS/HA HA


19 March 2017

Secret bLOG for a Secret Person in TARland



 l'enfant TARrible, 1952  

Joseph Beuys + Mihai Olos matrix  
Documenta 6 (1977)  
 detail 
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 
         
 LOGOS/HA HA


18 March 2017

HA HA HAKUIN Enso Border Patrol Tour


How many decades have we had a magazine print of this Hakuin enso on the office wall here? 

Never funnier than now! Sad!



The text under the office print says: 
When you forget yourself you become the universe.
Hakuin (1685 -1768)

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Online, under the same enso image, another (similar) text and commentary :

No space in the ten directions,
not one inch of great earth


The phrase is from a koan in which a monk asks Master Pa-ling, 
"Are the views of Zen masters the same or different from what is taught in sutras?"
Pa-ling answered, 
"When a rooster is cold, it flies up into a tree; when a duck is cold, it dives under the water".
 
In the twelfth century a Chinese monk, Wei-chao, added a verse to this koan :

A branch of plum blossoms is enshrouded by rain,
The golden one smiles without speaking.
A bright noon shines on the Water Dragon Palace,
While the moon and stars dance and laugh, dance and laugh:
No space in the ten directions, not one inch of great earth

Hakuin's ink was rather wet and his brushwork quite loose, causing the characters to become solid masses of ink next to his egg-shaped enso

by Audrey Yoshiko Seo

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Tour of TAR 
HA HA Theatre of the Actors of Regard


「白隠展」監修者・山下裕二先生 


HA HA Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
detail 
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something... 
         
LOGOS/HA HA


16 March 2017

Theatre of the Alternative Real : We welcome new members!


This is the headline. This is the image. This is the text :
 

Members Exhibition Previews: NGV Festival of Photography - Ross Coulter: Audience


See contemporary photography at its best with the NGV Festival of Photography. Taking over a number of galleries across the NGV on the year of the 50th anniversary of the NGV’s photography curatorial department, the Festival of Photography features exhibitions including Ross Coulter.
Join a floor talk with NGV Senior Curator of Photography, Susan van Wyk, at 3:30pm.
Venue: 
NGV International
180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006
Date and Time: 
16 Mar, 2–5pm
Cost:
Free entry.
Who should attend:
We welcome new members!

Looking online today, in anticipation of "Audience" the exhibition, we were surprised to see the above installation image. Not as anticipated, with all those apparently black photos...

Some quick image searching reveals it is in fact a commercial generic stock photo : wtphoto?!


Theatre of the Actors of Regard  

We've been following Ross Coulter's Audience 
project from day one (15 August 2013) at Conical, Fitzroy...


photo by Theatre of the Audience Reciprocal  

...and are very much looking forward to it's animation as part of the NGV Festival of Photography opening tomorrow.


Ross Coulter
Audience 2013–16 (detail)
silver gelatin prints
20.0 x 25.0 cm each
Collection of the artist
© the artist



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


13 March 2017

Theatre After Rodin presents 'Pack Mentality'

   

VERSUS RODIN GIFT PACKAGES

Surprise an art-loving friend with a Versus Rodin Gift Pack   
To celebrate the major exhibition Versus Rodin: Bodies across space and time, showing exclusively at the Art Gallery of South Australia in early 2017, gift packs are now available for online purchase. Deliveries or collection from the Gallery Shop available from 1 November 2016. Please allow from 5-7 business days for deliveries.
Versus Rodin Ticket Gift Pack 
Two exhibition tickets beautifully presented in special gift envelope. 
$40.00 
BUY NOW > 
Versus Rodin Exhibition Publication Gift Pack 
Voucher to collect a copy of the exhibition publication during the exhibition season. Each voucher is beautifully presented in a special gift envelope. 
$55.00 
BUY NOW > 
Versus Rodin Ticket and Publication Gift Pack 
Two exhibition tickets and voucher to collect a copy of the exhibition publication during the exhibition season. Tickets and voucher beautifully presented in a special gift envelope. 
$95.00 
BUY NOW >
Enquiries: please contact the Gallery Shop on 08 8207 702


TAR  

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



12 March 2017

versus Rodin.



Auguste  Rodin versus  Tony Albert Benjamin Armstrong Frank Auerbach Australian Dance Theatre Francis Bacon Phyllida Barlow Huma Bhabha Polly Borland Louise Bourgeois Pat Brassington Cecily Brown Janet Burchill Eugène Carrière Thea Costantino Olive Cotton Bridget Currie Tacita Dean Max Dupain Anne Ferran Urs Fischer Simryn Gill Felix Gonzalez-Torres Antony Gormley Brent Harris Bill Henson Barbara Hepworth Thomas Houseago Sui Jianguo William Kentridge Bharti Kher Emily Kame Kngwarreye Rosemary Laing Lindy Lee Ben Leslie Sherrie Levine Sarah Lucas Guy Maestri Mark Manders Ricky Maynard Rob McLeish Henry Moore Chris Ofili Dennis Oppenheim Mike Parr João Penalva Paul Pfeiffer Seth Price Sara Rahbar Elvis Richardson Julia Robinson Ugo Rondinone David Rosetzky Alison Saar Yhonnie Scarce Tim Silver Kiki Smith Fiona Tan Wolfgang Tillmans Francis Upritchard Bill Viola Danh Vō Kara Walker Gillian Wearing Kehinde Wiley Xu Zhen
  

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FIAPCE (1974)   
 detail 
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 
         
 LOGOS/HA HA