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.

05 July 2014


A big shout out to fellow blogger Mark Holsworth.

Thanks heaps Mark for your post today : here

Both blogs were started in 2008 and have much in common, including a broad view of art/Art and community, from the local to the world historical 
- Coburg, Hepburn Springs, Melbourne, Australia, The World - and a Pepse-like commitment to regard and record.

These are the subsets at BLACK MARK
    Mark's own introduction (in full here) :

    Black Mark – Melbourne Art & Culture Critic
    I started this blog in 2008 because there was a lack of critical discussion about Melbourne’s art world. There are over 200 art galleries in Melbourne and most art exhibitions go un-reviewed. There are many artists who exhibit but never get any critical review good or bad.  I want to provide a critical view of the Melbourne’s visual arts and other aspects of culture. I want to cast a critical eye on the whole for Melbourne’s visual arts from the major galleries to the ARIs and alternative spaces, from public sculptures to the street art, from art history to fashion.


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