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.

27 November 2010

freehand (#4)

freehand: recent Australian drawing
Heide Museum of Modern Art

25 November 2010 - 6 March 2011

The blast of violent weather continues. Though officially we are only days away from summer, there are now flood warnings for much of Victoria.

The bureau of meteorology has located the initial breach point as over the Heidelberg area. As discussed in yesterday's blog, we have no doubt it was exactly over the
Heide MoMA tableau engagé of the four inward-looking interdependents and Marco Fusinato's Mass Black Implosion.

The depiction below was recorded at the time by an artist of the local Heidelberg School. It appears to confirm the reports of other witnesses,
that "the rain fell on Heide in the form of a furious drawing".

A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/

someone looks at something ...