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.

02 December 2009

Songs of Soap ~ now with Pedestaline™

We recently showed images of three new book covers, including that of Art and Text - Nadine Monem, editor.

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Those with the requisite visual literacy recognise this as a reference to and reworking of Andy Warhol's 1964 reworking of Brillo soap pad packaging. Brillo > Art and Text - with a new New!

Here is a NEW IMPROVED version, from the late 70s.

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The same again as someone looks at a Brillo heap
now with Pedestaline™

Here's the young artist (1964) who poses with his double product.

And here a younger (1880s) artist who poses with his New York soap product ( "1776" ) of art and text.

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