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.

11 July 2009

Boston Illegal : Shepard Fairey pleads guilty

By an odd coincidence, given that the previous post regarded official and unofficial signage on a Melbourne electricity box, Shepard Fairey yesterday pleaded guilty to three charges of graffiti in Boston, including one of putting a poster on an electrical box.

Tina Kells' article 'Shepard Fairey, Obama 'Hope' Portrait Artist, Guilty of Graffiti' is at Now Public : click here

Shepard Fairey's OBEY website : click here

The photo and attributions below are by afagen

Barack Obama "Hope" poster
by Shepard Fairey (born 1970)
hand-finished collage, stencil, and acrylic on paper, 2008

Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture
Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC