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.

25 May 2012

Q E D / L O L

This letter (18 May) to The Age ...
IF I was running the NGV, I would also ban the wearing of bifocal glasses. How dare those people get two views of the same works.
Brad Hooper, Drummond
.... refers first to the NGV ban on sketching, note-making and photography within the Fred Williams retrospective and second to the review of that exhibition by Age critic Robert Nelson and the subsequent response to that by Ronald Millar.

When we quoted the letter earlier, we suggested
If we were dictator, we would make mindview-bifocals the minimum permissible aids of regard, and would encourage the use of mindview-polyfocals

Now this free pencil movement blotter reminds us of best practice regard: The Two Truths

By this aid to clear seeing, the object of regard is BOTH relative ['good' (Millar, McCaughey) / 'bad' (Nelson, Davila)] AND absolute, empty of any inherence.  

Q E D / L O L 

A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/

someone looks at something ...