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.

13 August 2012

LESS IS MORE : Heide Museum of Modern Art

Let's say it again

Heide Museum of Modern Art

3 August – 4 November 2012

"The more stuff in it, the busier the work of art, the worse it is. More is Less. Less is More." 
- Ad Reinhardt

image courtesy SLAVE GUITARS

Knowing about the show at Heide, it was a Laugh Out Loud moment last night to hear Yngwie Malmsteen on Metal Evolution : Episode 1 Pre-Metal :
I don't want to just play, say, 2-string 3-string 4-string 5- 6-string arpeggios. But people kept on telling me to slow down. "Hey, slow down. You don't remember Less is more?" I always say, "How could that be? How could less be more? It's impossible. MORE is more."

click image to enlarge                         Peter Tyndall,  -1978
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