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 December 2012

Minimalism appeared to be at the crossroads

Today at 3pm

Minimalism x 6 REVISITED :
"In June 1983 Brisbane's Institute of Modern Art hosted Minimalism x 6. Curated by Malcolm Enright, it included works by Jenny Watson, Peter Tyndall, Imants Tilllers, John Nixon, Robert MacPherson, and Robert Jacks, and advanced a polemic that Minimalism was an unfinished project. While such a proposition is perhaps self-evident today, in the early 1980s, with the artistic landscape dominated by expressive figuration, it was less than certain. Join Mal Enright and Minimalism x 6 artist Jenny Watson as they cast their minds back to that moment, almost 30 years, when Minimalism appeared to be at the crossroads."
David Pestorius Projects
Pestorius Sweeney House
39 Eblin Drive 
Hamilton, Brisbane

        for Malcolm Enright and Robert Johnson

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