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 March 2011

! April Fool !

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"Psssst. Look within!"


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30 March 2011

grave but not serious


Following on from yesterday's post [ Puppet Culture Framing System ] is this media release for an exhibition that opens on
April Fools Day at Pestorius Sweeney House, Brisbane :

MEDIA RELEASE

grave but not serious
Pestorius Sweeney House
39 Eblin Drive, Hamilton, Brisbane
Exhibition: 1 April—7 May, 2011
Gallery hours: 1–5pm, Wednesday—Saturday
Opening: Friday 1 April, 6-8pm


Gary Foley and Bob Maza, Basically Black, ABC TV, 1973

Opening on Friday 1 April, David Pestorius will present a thematic exhibition dedicated to the idea of Aboriginal humour and its manifestation in contemporary art and culture.

In his famous Boyer Lectures ‘After the Dreaming’ (1968) W.E.H. Stanner recalled an exchange with an elderly Aboriginal man whose tribe was facing extinction. Reflecting upon his predicament, the old man said “When all the black fellows are dead all the white fellows will get lost in the bush, and there’ll be no one to find them and bring them home.” The observation was related dispassionately — there were no “tears, reproaches or dramatics” — and the old man went off laughing. According to Stanner, this was exemplary of Aboriginal humour, “a wonderful gift, one they did not get from us, of taking us gravely but not seriously.” Today we see something of this gift in the works of Richard Bell (Brisbane), Destiny Deacon + Michael Riley (Melbourne/Sydney), Tracey Moffatt (Brisbane), and Archie Moore (Brisbane), presented here. At once both frightening and funny, this disarming humour is generally understood as the product of a continuing effort to come to terms with white Australia. The exhibition also features Indigenous playwrights John Harding (Melbourne) and Sam Watson (Brisbane), whose works reflect a similar sensibility, while a new piece from Watson’s ongoing collaboration with Dave Hullfish Bailey (Los Angeles) is presented alongside the ABC television spoofs ‘Basically Black’ (1973) and ‘Babakiueria’ (1986). In the process, a long and proud tradition of Aboriginal activism that embraces the agency of satirical culture is alluded to.

In scheduling the exhibition opening for April Fools Day — a day when practical jokes are tolerated — the present moment is reflexively activated in a ploy first utilised locally by another great humorist, the Melbourne artist Peter Tyndall. In 1980 Tyndall set his exhibition at the Institute of Modern Art in motion in this way, yet the show itself was a savage indictment of the repressive socio-political and cultural situation in Brisbane at the time. In a similar inversion, the artist’s mock newspaper daybills (‘SCREAMING TEENS MOB PAINTINGS’) from this important exhibition, one of which is included here, pit the solitude of the art gallery experience against the intense communal response that popular music can generate. It is a sensibility perhaps not so very different from the one that Stanner was trying to describe.

Finally, on the closing weekend — Saturday 7 May — Sam Watson and art historian Rex Butler will discuss aspects of the exhibition in situ (bookings essential).

For further information, contact David Pestorius on (07) 3262 4870.

david pestorius projects
www.davidpestorius.com



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29 March 2011

Puppet Culture Framing System

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Museums Australia Magazine currently features on its cover a Puppet Culture Framing System component from a 1980 exhibition at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

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That exhibition began on April Fools Day 1980 ...

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... with only one full set of its exhibition components formally on display :
one Work Of Art (Painting)
one (red) Puppet Culture Framing System
one sheet of Art Titles and daily newspaper headlines
one photograph of peoples in action
one newspaper banner SCREAMING TEENS MOB PAINTINGS
red fluorescent lights inside
red filters on the windows



Twenty-nine more of these component sets
- Thirty days hath September, April June and November -
were stacked assembly-line ready opposite the presentation of April 1.


After that
with each new day
another set of world events
another something on display
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26 March 2011

Performance Appraisal

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Theatre of the Actors of Regard :

The Apprai$al



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23 March 2011

Your Thought Here

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We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.

With our thoughts we make the world.


Buddha
The Dharmapada

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This old trade card and its gesture of aware cognition flashed into memory last evening when Melbourne University art historian Christopher Marshall did much the same on a program (Artscape - MONA: Feel The Weird) about David Walsh's Museum of New and Old Art in Tasmania.



Dr Marshall is signaling here about Walsh's abilities as a gifted mathematician-gambler :
"... in ways that we mere mortals don't understand"
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During the program there were quite a number of references to thinking. The presenter Andrew Frost spoke with "a guru of art galleries", Jean-Hubert Martin :
AF: (... so what does he make of David's vision?)
J-H M: It will certainly be controversial. I guess it will attract quite a lot of people.
AF: Why do you think it will be controversial?
J-H M: If a much larger public comes here they're not just going to see beautiful paintings that will please their eye but they will be challenged and forced, actually, to think and maybe to reverse some of their ideas about art and human kind, actually.

bLOGOS/HA HA
particularly enjoyed something that Walsh said almost as an aside
"There's a lot less to art than people think."



The program's final act is a simple archetype. The Actor of Regard looks across the water at MONA and its reflection, then walks away...
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20 March 2011

Invisible Viewers

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This advertisement is from today's SUNDAY AGE.



On the right of it is a tableau by Theatre of the Actors of Regard:
Invisible Viewers


Appropriately, the NGV's label for this TAR Invisible Viewers
tableau is:



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18 March 2011

argus-tuffed

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Today on Google. True!


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17 March 2011

What the wild waves

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Dream of some weeks ago
standing
on sand
at sea's edge

watching
waves of script

rolling in
from the horizon

wondering
what they say
who writes them
who might translate them to me
A week ago
8.9 earthquake under the sea off NE Japan
terrible tsunami smashes coast - tens of thousands dead
6 Fukushima uranium/plutonium plants in increasing crisis
Today
with snow falling and the overnight temp at -5 degrees
with relief teams from abroad joining those from Japan

this old trade card tableau of regard reads anew

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14 March 2011

Jeu de Massacre

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In our heap here we have a number of French cards (c.1880-90) that depict the children's game Jeu de Massacre. (Literally The Game of Massacre ; also translated as The Killing Game.)

These come to mind as we the rest of the world regard the present struggle in Libya. As discussions continue in the United Nations and elsewhere about the possibility of imposing a no-fly zone over this region, General Gaddafi 's army and air force are gradually putting down the people's rebellion of recent weeks. Everyone knows these liberty seekers will face a terrible retribution if the Gaddafi forces are successful.

In this tableau two officials of the Theatre of the Actors of Regard observe, with their hands in their pockets, the threat of an armed Government agent.


Come the counter-revolution...


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11 March 2011

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08 March 2011

REAL . U

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Today is International Women's Day.

Here, the car insurance is due. With the renewal notice comes promotional material for the insurer and Custom Number Plates.

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VicRoads' website for Custom Number Plates has the headline
Custom Plates Show the real you!

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Supreme Goddess as Void,
with projection space for signage (of) the real you!



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06 March 2011

TRULY AESTHETIC

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After yesterday's flower therapy art group tableau this seems like an appropriate enough follow-on.

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Sold as a Vintage Trade Card, we have no other clues as to its origin or intended application. It is blank on the back where usually a trade card would have an advertiser's spiel. Perhaps the open area to the right of the regarder's feet was intended as a space for a business to announce itself.

Viva the mystery: let a thousand stories blossom


Which, at this moment, reminds us of the various projections visited upon Jeffrey Smart's Cahill Expressway (1962).



This image has served as the front cover image for Peter Carey's The Fat man in History and, at the invitation of Helen Daniel, as the impetus for stories by 29 Australian writers (Malouf, Corris, Disher, Foster, Goldsworthy, Grenville, Jolley, Nowra...) published as Expressway (Penguin, 1989).

- Today the weather is fine indeed, if a little wet

SUN FLOWER QUADRILLE
INTERDEPENDENCE MANDALA
TRULY AESTHETIC



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05 March 2011

Let the Healing Begin

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Opening today at the IMA, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane:
Let the Healing Begin

The idea that art makes us better people, that it heals our souls, is an anathema. In the art world, 'art therapy' is the butt of endless jokes. Nevertheless, contemporary art is riddled with therapeutic subtexts and strategies. Let the Healing Begin features works that address therapy. Some of the works endorse therapeutic imperatives, some satirise them, others are undecided. The line-up is a mix of local and international artists:

Marina Abramovic and Ulay, Polly Borland, Julian Dashper, Robin Hungerford, Mike Kelley, Dani Marti, Pierre Molinier, Otto Muehl, Matt Mullican, Rose Nolan, Tony Oursler, Mike Parr, Grayson Perry, Stuart Ringholt, Grant Stevens, Peter Tyndall, and Gillian Wearing.

read full IMA introduction here

pictured: art therapy group at Bonzaview magnolia
image: courtesy Fosterville Institute of Applied & Progressive Cultural Experience


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04 March 2011

Regardism (Red Group, 1960)

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How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?
How many pinhead clowns can fit in their tiny shiny car?
How many...

Responding to the previous post
malE refers us to
Dressed For Success
by mudlevel


Thus inspired, and very smartly attired, we return with spray to Theatre of the Actors of Regard.


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03 March 2011

Origin of Everything

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This post continues upon the previous tableaux and associated speculation about origins.

Again, a small French chromolithograph circa 1880s. This time without any advertising or explanatory text.

Again, the monogram AC or CA.



We regard the scene as depicting a young woman, with quill in hand, regarding a winged being, which we might guess to have fallen into her inkwell, now ----ing a tracery on her parchment.

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Theatre of the Actors of Regard
(see also : Regardism)



1960


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Yves Klein
Anthropom├ętrie sans titre (ANT 173)

1961
187 x 125.5cm

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01 March 2011

Origin of Present Lineage

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Another item of interest on ABC Radio National, repeated today:
Drawing a line in the sand, an interview with Deanna Petherbridge, on Artworks
Deanna Petherbridge's work has been entirely drawing focused since the early 1970s but it was in the 90s that she started to focus her thinking and research on the history of drawing as both preparation for other artistic forms, like painting, architecture and design, and a finished medium in its own right. The result is an impressive 500-page book The Primacy of Drawing: Histories and Theories of Practice.

click here for full introductory text or to hear program
Deanna Petherbridge begins with a reference to a Pliny the Elder and his account of the origins of linear depiction. The following extract is not from Deanna P - bLOGOS/HA HA does not yet have that book - but from the blog projection systems :
...I thought it useful to expand a bit on Pliny the Elder’s account of the origin of painting. In his Natural History (circa 77-79AD), Pliny attempts to make the compendium of information for his time. In Books XXXIV and XXXV, he discusses metallurgy, sculpture, and painting.

In Chapter 5 of Book XXXV, he writes, “We have no certain knowledge as to the commencement of the art of painting, nor does this enquiry fall under our consideration. The Egyptians assert that it was invented among themselves, six thousand years before it passed into Greece; a vain boast, it is very evident. As to the Greeks, some say that it was invented at Sicyon, others at Corinth; but they all agree that it originated in tracing lines round the human shadow [...omnes umbra hominis lineis circumducta].“

Later, in Chapter 15, he tells the now-famous story of Butades of Corinth. “It was through his daughter that he made the discovery; who, being deeply in love with a young man about to depart on a long journey, traced the profile of his face, as thrown upon the wall by the light of the lamp [umbram ex facie eius ad lucernam in pariete lineis circumscripsit].“

read it all here
bLOGOS/HA HA has in its collection a number of 1880s French cards based on this story. This first one is rather straight forward.

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The article at projection systems shows more depictions like this one, through to the present day.

Our collection favourite is an advertising parody of LE PREMIER DESSIN (The First Drawing) on behalf of LA PREMIER MAISON D'HABILLEMENTS (The First House of Clothing). Whatsmore, it advances the basic tableau beyond the care of human-for-human to a more enlightened human-for-other/all sentient beings. Which suggests one might reconsider the nature of the light involved in this genre.

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What is the Origin depicted in this scenario? The Origin of Painting? Drawing? Graffiti? Sculpture (note the pedestal block in both images)? Theatre? Performance? Shadowgraphy (including ombromanie)? Silhouette portraiture? Police profiling? Eugenics? Border Protection? Projection? Cinema? Philosophy? (...Plato) Originality? (.../HA HA) Art? Museums? Attachment? Loss? (...as DP suggests) Love? (...as suggested in the book A short history of the shadow). Regard? Awareness? Enlightenment?


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P.S.
Deanna Petherbridge is giving a series of talks around Australia. These include, on Saturday March 5, 2pm, in the exhibition Freehand: Recent Australian Drawing at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.