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 September 2009

Head in the clouds, feet on the ground : someone looking at something...

Shortly after posting the previous blog, with it's final image of a barefoot monk looking at a sky-scraper City, at Vanity Fair online I encountered this 1996 Josef Astor photograph of architect Philip Johnson.

PHILIP JOHNSON by Josef Astor_ 1996

Yesterday I travelled to Melbourne for the opening of three new exhibitions at West Space. It rained all day and the city appeared exceptionally gray.

2009.09.17_Melb City with fog and rain_400w

This seemed appropriate and auspicious :
Then back to west space that night to paint some walls... I'm going to paint the room a dark gray.
and later
(now) all I need to do is go and buy some cool down lights because the ones I have installed at the moment are too warm.

Kelly Fliedner, curator of someone looking at something...

Here is a photo of the lights and of the feet they show and the shadows they cast of someone looking at something...

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