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.

03 December 2009

West Space Fun_raiser

The annual West Space Fun_raiser exhibition opens tonight (Benefactors Preview) then continues until 12 December.

Our bLOGOS/HA HA artist-in-residence has contributed to this
an edition of eight Mirror of the World blottings.

1. From the bL blotter heap, select and stamp FIAPCE onto nine 1920s/30s two colour Locust Street "ENVY" prints

RICH GIRL DOG CAR poor boy dog wheels
POKE TONGUE thumb nose
PASS WEST pass east
LOOK AT look at.

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2. stamp the knowing Title once more upon the edgeless Mirror of the World
3. blot this onto verso of the envious regard
4. edition (A/P and 8/8), sign(P.T.) and date (-2009-)
5. price ($100 ea) with thanks to Anna Schwartz Gallery

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A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/

someone looks at something . . .


West Space

Level 1, 15 - 19 Anthony Street, Melbourne, Vic, 3000, Australia
Exhibition hours: Wed-Fri 12-6pm, Sat 12-5pm
61 3 9328 8712
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