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.

16 November 2012

FIFO Artists At Large

FIFO workers criss-cross Australia. 

Usually these are thought of as the fly-in fly-out gouge drones unearthing the nation's great mineral reserves.

FIFO artists are also part of this movement, especially this month. Radiohead perform in Melbourne tonight - O for a ticket - Sigur Ros in Sydney tomorrow. And so many more: the great flower of local bands in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, all very much at large.

FIFO artists and Theatre of the Actors of Regard performers will fly-in fly-out tomorrow for various exhibitions openings. Francis Bacon at the Art Gallery of NSW; Robert Owen at Arc One (Melbourne); Peter Tyndall at Anna Schwartz Gallery (Sydney). Others will be harvesting Peter Cripps at the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane); Robert MacPherson at Yuill/Crowley (Sydney); Geoff Lowe & A Constructed World at Ian Potter Museum of Art (Melbourne University); Lindy Lee at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (Sydney). 
FIFOs in the know will be seeking out Mitchel Cumming's INVITE ONLY and the work of Samuel Quinteros.

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