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.

31 October 2009

Blank Worship

bL enjoys the tape-made works of Melbourne artist BUFFdiss

There's plenty to be found online : Blank worship and lots more here ; the full photo of the image below plus an interview clip at UNEARTH here.

I was reminded of the image above when I received the image below, unattributed, in today's transmission from E of the O.

2009.10.31_Man in stairway looks at cube tape

The Laughing Cubist
Yesterday upon my stare
I saw a cube that wasn't there
It wasn't there again today
No worries!

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