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 February 2014


MELBOURNE NOW : the grand local-produce art expo at the National Gallery of Victoria (until 23 March).

THEN POSTERS : six posters commissioned for Melbourne Now by Warren Taylor of The Narrows.

Jenny Grigg / Brent Harris
Susan Jacobs / Yanni Florence
Warren Taylor / Elizabeth Newman
Stuart Geddes / Tony Garafilakis
Matt Hinkley / Peter Tyndall

Fabio Ongarato / Marco Fusinato

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Above, on the walls of NGV-A Federation Square.

Below, on a hoarding at Smith Street, Collingwood.

photos courtesy Warren Taylor 
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