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.


22 April 2017

The Clive Palmer Poetry Party presents


Recent tweets from Clive Palmer :



and now his Frog Poem contribution :
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 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 
         
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21 April 2017

Vale Ti Parks (1939 - 2017)

     
The experimental artist Ti Parks had a major influence on the development of conceptual art in Australia, especially in Melbourne.
 Introduction to Biography (stub) at National Library of Australia

 More info here.

 Ti Parks, Black desks, 1967                                 collection NGV

 Ti Parks, The Tent, 1968 
 1980 reconstruction at Art Projects, Melbourne (above)
 see (below) the 2005 text for Pitch Your Own Tent :

Monash University Museum of Art presents Pitch Your Own Tent: Art Projects | Store 5 | 1st Floor, an exhibition and publication examining the recent history of contemporary Australian art from 1979-2002 through the activities and practices of three influential artist-run spaces: Art Projects, Melbourne 1979-1984, established by John Nixon; Store 5, Melbourne 1989-1993, established by Gary Wilson; 1st Floor, Melbourne 1994-2002, established by David Rosetzky.
The exhibition explores a strong lineage in the recent history of contemporary Australian art; of avant-garde, experimental and innovative practices and discourses developed by communities of artists through independent artist-run exhibition and publishing initiatives.
Each of the three respective artist-run spaces will be represented through one of MUMA’s three galleries, which will provide the opportunity to represent each organisation in context, whilst also allowing a comparison of the ideas, modes of display, and material culture of each respective enterprise. One contention of the exhibition is the degree to which it is artists themselves who are responsible for the interpretation and writing of art history.
One important parameter that has been established within the curatorial framework is to involve only those works of art which were actually presented in the programs of the respective artist-run spaces, thereby invoking the forms, production values and materiality of the respective periods.
The title, Pitch Your Own Tent, makes reference to Gustave Courbet who pitched his own tent in front of the 1855 Exposition Universelle in Paris, to Ti Parks tents (one of which was exhibited at Art Projects and will be included in the exhibition), to Rikrit Taravanija’s tent installed in front of the AGNSW, and to the perpetually provisional and itinerant nature of artist-run spaces generally.
Given that the programs of Art Projects, Store 5 and 1 st Floor were each ambitious, diverse and encompassed exhibition and publishing programs conducted over periods of 5-9 years, the exhibition will inevitably focus upon the principal artists, and selected works which have made influential and/or lasting contributions, or are strongly representative of innovative visual arts culture of the time.
Artists include:
Art Projects – Anti-Music, Tony Clark, Peter Cripps, John Davis, John Dunkley-Smith, Richard Dunn, Robert Jacks, Robert MacPherson, John Nixon, Imants Tillers, Ti Parks, Mike Parr, Peter Tyndall, Ania Walwicz, Jenny Watson.
Store 5 – Stephen Bram, Sandra Bridie, Tony Clark, Bronwyn Clark-Coolee, Marco Fusinato, Diena Georgetti, Melinda Harper, Gail Hastings, Anne-Marie May, John Nixon, Rose Nolan, Kerrie Poliness, Kathy Temin, Gary Wilson, Constanze Zikos.
1st Floor Artists and Writers Space – Amanda Ahmed, Guy Benfield, Kate Beynon, Martine Corompt, Michael Delany, Kate Ellis, Mira Gojak, Eliza Hutchison, Raafat Ishak, Brendan Lee, Andrew McQualter, John Meade, Sean Meilak, Callum Morton, David Noonan, Alex Pittendrigh, David Rosetzky, Jacinta Schreuder, John Spiteri, Lyndal Walker.
Text: Carolyn Barnes, Max Delany, Tessa Dwyer, D.J Huppatz, Andrew Hurle, Robyn McKenzie, Sarah Tutton, edited by Max Delany.

Ti Parks lived in Melbourne from 1964 to 1973 
and during that period was one of the number of significant artists associated with Bruce Pollard's Pinacotheca Gallery at St Kilda then Richmond.

The final exhibition at Pinacotheca was in August 2002, of recent artwork by Ti Parks. The images below come from a film of that event - Parks at Pinacotheca by Nicholas Nedelkopoulos - with commentary by Ti. 


 Parks at Pinacotheca by Nicholas Nedelkopoulos  2002 / revised 2011


 Parks at Pinacotheca by Nicholas Nedelkopoulos  2002 / revised 2011

In 2007, Christian Capurro collaborated with Parks at the Venice Biennale, as recorded here :

  
Ti Parks

Pensa con i sensi - Senti con la mente. L'arte al presente /
Think with the Senses - Feel with the Mind. Art in the Present Tense

'Off-Site' Performances, June: Venice


As an invited collaborator for the 'off-site' component of the Another Misspent Portrait of Etienne de Silhouette work at this year's Venice Biennale 52nd International Exhibition of Art, Ti Parks will be presenting a series of performances - 'performontages' as the artist calls them - twice a day in public spaces across Venice from June 11 to 13, 2007.



 Ti Parks performance at 52nd Venice Biennale, 2007
 photograph by Christian Capurro


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


  

20 April 2017

Blood Soaked Sight Gag (Hermann Nitsch)


Dark Mofo artist Hermann Nitsch's 'ritual' slammed by animal rights groups   The Age

Herman Nitsch at Dark Typo :


  The Age, 20 April 2017  
        Dear Theo
        Send more paint.
        Vincent

        Dear Sigmund
        Send more blood.
        Hermann 
        

        
        Dear Father
        Send more wine.
        Jesus

Memories of observing the malaktion (above) by Hermann Nitsch and his assistants at the 1988 Sydney Biennale. Never felt so Catholic as then.


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


  

19 April 2017

Enso Spex by TAR (advertisement)


1.  On stage, the enso scroll :


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2.  Among the many in the auditorium, certain practitioners of clear seeing :


Theatre of the Actors of Regard  
Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1768)  
3.  For those not yet so fortunately endowed, we recommend Enso Spex by TAR :
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Theatre of the Actors of Regard  
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 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 
         
 LOGOS/HA HA 


  

17 April 2017

Speed of Sight




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


  

14 April 2017

Passion Play


Good Friday essay: Passion plays and the ethics of spectacular violence

Though still alive -
His hair and nails
continued to grow.

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


  

13 April 2017

Sight Gag

 

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


  

12 April 2017

BAR click NETT click NEW click MAN click BAR NET NEW MAN


Modern Merican Painted Canvas didn't always float free to be seen in Independence Daze on the staged walls of Theatre of the Actors of Regard.
Various photos of Barnett Newman in his studio show him with heavily-suspended stretched right-angles of canvas anchored by chains before during and after the paint. 

These proof sheet photographs are from the 1965 studio portraits of Barnett Newman by Ugo Mulas.
In the mid-1940s Newman painted a small number of mostly untitled circle/sun motifs. One was clue-titled Pagan Void. After that, the vertical line motif ("zip") on the field (of colour) motif predominated the play. 

His 1948 consolidation work - one vertical zip centred on a vertical format canvas - he titled Onement (at one out of atonement). The son of Jewish immigrants from Poland, he had studied philosophy in New York and it all showed. Soon came By Twos (1949).

We do wonder about the presence/influence/role/
dynamic of the suspension chain verticals 'outside' 
on the painted verticals 'inside'?
Photos of the early exhibitions of these artworks, such as at Betty Parsons gallery, show them still in obvious suspension, not 'free floating'.

Ditto when shown in Melbourne in 1967.
We conclude this now with the Sight Gag song as...
Barnett Newman conducts the Choir of Eyes (TAR) 
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               A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
               someone looks at something... 
         
               LOGOS/HA HA 


 

10 April 2017

Vale John Clarke (1948 - 2017)


John Clarke : writer, satirist, broadcaster, actor, comedian, everyman, everywoman. 

Of wit, wisdom and compassion (Shakespeare). 


Up there and down there with Spike Milligan.
     
 John Clarke and Fred Dagg - the early years 

Fred Dagg's Greatest Hits (1976) 
 John Clarke and Sam Neill -
 an antipodean Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

Death In Brunswick , 1990 
 John Clarke and Brian Dawe for 27 years

  Look, again : nothing, everything, nothing, everything...

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


  

06 April 2017

TARd edge



Theatre of the Actors of Regard  
 Two boys of TAR en regarde Malevich 'Black Square'


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 Woman of TAR delighted to behold TARd Edge Label 


  extract from Diary of a TARd Edge Teen

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