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.

29 June 2015

TAR : Let Us Paint the Face of the Public

I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now, but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public’s face.

    - John Ruskin writing about James Whistler (1877)

A pot of paint has been flung in the face of the public.

    - Camille Mauclair (1905) riffing on Ruskin; commenting on the 1905 Salon d'Automne by the artists Louis Vauxcelles dubbed as Les Fauves (The Beasts)

F = ma

    -  Theatre of the Actors of Regard (-2015-)

Ash Keating with Gravity System Response #2 - photograph by Amanda Fordyce 

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