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.

04 July 2016

A Tale of Two Posters

Shepard Fairey's Barack Obama HOPE poster 
from the 2008 US elections surely is the progenitor poster of the new millenium.

poster by Shepard Fairey   
It has spawned a great number of variations in the US and translated well to Australian street politics via Michael Agzarian's Tony Abbott HOPELESS.

poster by Michael Agzarian  
In 2015, Prime Minister Abbott was overthrown by Malcolm Turnbull, but his broad popularity quickly dissipated, hence the Michael Agzarian follow-on : 

poster by Michael Agzarian  
FIZZA, indeed. Poster #one. 

As we wait for crucial votes still to be counted, the final result of the election is unknown. Poster #two.

poster by SUNDAY MAIL  
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something...