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 May 2015

PRINTED MATTERS ( Bring the mind home )

mental imprint
'Bring the mind home'

In recent days, under the general caption PRINTED MATTERS, we've noted an art book fair at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and a survey exhibition of various printed matter by artists (including print-outs of posts from this blog) at Gesso Artspace, Vienna.

Our interest is not so much in these technological instances of physical matter, whether art or not, as it is in the fun d' mental meta-print :

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