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 July 2014

We Are ] Temporarily Exhibited for Removal (

Just in from Mitch of Chicken Dinners at The Met, NY :

Beyond Mitch as he makes this photo... beyond the woman with the blue top and dangling earing... beyond the woman with headphones and camera... a wall with a pair of dangling wires and a sign that states Temporarily Removed for Exhibition.

Q : Conceptual Art? 
A : Conceptual Regard!

Years ago your correspondent made special note of this succinct wisdom from the great Lama Zopa :  
The future of every collection is its dispersion.

Hence, this later study for a temporary collection of letters and words and wall panels with a label and passing parade :

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