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.

22 February 2012

Today is Losar : Tibetan New Year

May it be a better year for the Tibetan people
24 of whom have self-immolated in the last year
(12 of these since Jan 2012)
to protest against the Chinese government's ongoing repression of Tibetan culture.

Yesterday the exiled Tibetan Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay was interviewed by Emma Alberici on ABC.TV Late Line .

CLICK HERE to see/hear the interview

CLICK HERE to read the transcript

On a brighter Tibetan note, a very positive one, we recently received a printed invitation for the exhibition THREE REALMS: Gonkar Gyatso. (Griffith University Gallery/ University of Queensland Art Museum/ Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane)

The invite pictured three of the four images reproduced below, from Gonkar Gyatso's My Identity, 2003.

Gonkar Gyatso_My Identity 1-4, 2003_EktaSpace_400

THREE REALMS: Gonkar Gyatso opens at UQ Art Museum and Griffith U Gallery on 25 February and will be at the IMA later in the year.

A Losar Wish
as the car sticker says

A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/

someone looks at something ...