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.

21 May 2018

LSEI : Live Sentient Export Industry

 Do unto others 
 as you would have them 
 do unto you.

TAR : Theatre of the Abattoirs of Regard 
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 
 (Agnus Dei/HA HA)


20 May 2018

Mind Set

No one tipped Essendon to beat Geelong yesterday, and yet...

...after a sacking, comes the will to make amends :

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"It's all in the mind, folks." - Spike Milligan

 True colours : Harry and Meghan celebrate the Bombers win

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


16 May 2018

Mother Tongue

 Batman : Season 2 Episode 9 
 The Greatest Mother Of Them All

 Scene 1 : Mother Tongue Twister

Dick Grayson : Gosh, Bruce, Greek is
still Greek to me.
Aunt Harriet Cooper : It's Greek to a lot
of Greeks too. Heh. It's one of the
world's oldest, most important, most
beautiful languages.
Dick Grayson : It may be, Aunt Harriet
but can't we take a breather and work out
in the gym for a while?
Aunt Harriet Cooper : But the mind needs
exercise too, Dick.
Dick Grayson : Well, my mind is getting

Bruce Wayne : There's an old saying,
Dick. A sound mind and a sound body.
A worthy goal.
Aunt Harriet Cooper : Now, what do you
wanna do first? - Parse, conjugate, or
Dick Grayson : Decline.

Alfred the Butler : It's the Batphone,
Bruce Wayne : Hm? Yes. It just occurred
to me, Dick. Commissioner Gordon is a
Greek scholar of note. He may be able
to tell us more than books and
Dick Grayson : I'd like to talk to him.
Bruce Wayne : Excuse us, Aunt Harriet.

 Scene 2 : Dick Does His Homework

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


15 May 2018

Full fathom fifty : The Field Revisited

Five decades deep, The Field was staged at the new National Gallery of Victoria flagship in St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

 In conversation, Eric Westbrook, Royston Harpur, Roy Grounds
 on the set of Theatre of the Actors of Regard - The Field, 1968. 
 Photograph by George Mehes / National Gallery of Victoria

Now, the pilgrim and tourist TARists would return. 
Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
Hark! now I hear them,
-  ding-dong, bell.
   Shakespeare, The Tempest 

Theatre of the Actors of Regard Revisted  

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


14 May 2018

Meeting tonight

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 周榮 友松 
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Theatre of the Actors of Regard  
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 


13 May 2018

Mothers Day

From cousin Paula, today, this photo of her mother Rene (right) and your correspondent's mum, Vera.

W. Sheridan Photographic Studio, 117 Pall Mall, Bendigo      
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 


09 May 2018

Words In Order : Gerald Murnane

Advance release from the author of The Plains, 
present resident of Goroke.

A selection of tracks from the forthcoming album
'Words In Order' by Gerald Murnane - 
available June 14, 2018 (preorders shortly)

06 May 2018

NGV Mothership Love

Theatre of the Actors of Regard ft. MA and SvS  
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 

05 May 2018

Look who's here!

 Ikkyū Sōjun (1394–1481)         
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Theatre of the Actors of Regard  
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 


02 May 2018


A few days ago we received this image and notification from Chapman & Bailey (Melbourne).

Saturday 12th May 2018
11am – 12 pm

BOOK NOW - Limited Spaces available!

You are warmly invited to attend a FREE canvas stretching demonstration presented by Mark Chapman.

*Chapman & Bailey Melbourne only*

For this demonstration, Mark Chapman, founder of Chapman & Bailey, will be demonstrating:
  - All about different stretcher profiles and bracing
  - How to put a stretcher together so it is square

  - Cutting the canvas to size
  - The art of stretching a canvas with and without 
    stretching pliers
  - What are wedges for?
  - Surfaces: The difference between linen and cotton, 
    unsized and primed canvas, 
    the different weights and densities of canvas you can use
  - A brief explanation of surface preparation for raw linen

Chapman & Bailey
Melbourne Art Shop
420 Johnston St
Abbotsford, VIC 3067
ph 03 9417 7957

Limited numbers! Please book a ticket to reserve a place.

*Wheelchair access

Stretching The Field

The Chapman & Bailey advertisement reminds us of something similar, the arcane preliminary painting practice known as Stretching The Field.
Ike Taiga records a public demonstration of this.

The Stretchers were dedicated apprentices who assisted and learned from their Void Master.

Painting The Void 

Taiga shows us a demonstration intended primarily for prospective practitioners of Painting The Void.

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