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.

09 April 2015



Opening Celebration Thursday 9 April, 5:30-7:30pm

Iakovos Ameridis, Boni Cairncross, Christian Capurro, Scott Donovan, Alex Gawronski, Biljana Jancic, Astrid Lorange, Sean Lowry, Dane Mitchell, Salvatore Panatteri, Patrick Pound, Ilmar Taimre.

A group of artists consider the nature of blankness as a signifier of creative potential (in the sense of capturing the dilemma of approaching a blank piece of paper, digital file, gallery space or canvas with the intention of creating something). As such, the exhibition will ask questions such as: “What is a blank space?”; “Can there be a blank space?”; “What are the power dynamics associated with framing or designating a blank space?”; and “What are the aesthetic potentials of blankness?”

Something else about nothing: blankness as medium
Catalogue essay by Sean Lowry
Margaret Lawrence Gallery
40 Dodds Street
 Southbank VIC 3006
9 April - 16 May 2015

 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something...