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 December 2014

last ever ICAN auction

announcement below from here :


The last ever ICAN Auction will take place on SATURDAY DEC 6 at 3.30 PM
After 7 (long) years and over 100 exhibitions, the Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown (ICAN)announces its last auction … EVER!!*
Why an auction if ICAN is closing I hear you say? Smells like extortion!! A getaway plan! A free meal! But… just as all good things come to an end… eventually, so the new also replaces the old.
Thus, as ICAN’s longboat sails slowly but surely the seas of amnesia toward the not-so-distant Valhalla of its ultimate obscurity, so KNULP** the collective brainchild of Alex Gawronski, Shane Haseman and Mitchel Cumming is sleighted to rise phoenix-like in its place (and in the same place). But for KNULP’s un-christened barque to prove seaworthy it requires support.
And for your support we bring you the ICAN Auction 2014!! A spectacular cast of contributors have been gathered together to offer, once again, great art for a great cause; the continuation of astute, independent artist-led curating in Sydney. KNULP also aims to bring you an ambitious quarterly broadsheet of criticism, opinion, page works and assorted marginalia.
* ICAN’s final exhibition opens with a bang on Thursday Dec 11, 6 – 8 pm
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