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.

18 October 2016

regarding THINK

 THINK/SCULPTURE a small survey of works by John Barbour (1954-2011) brings together a series of interconnected ensemble pieces completed between the mid 1990s and 2011.

The exhibition title combines two signature pieces - a large painting from 1990 with the word THINK lettered boldly in black from edge to edge on a white painted ground, and a floor and wall based installation, 'The lost routes to lovely' from 2001 - a series of what appear to be black metallic rods, rectangular beams and angled structures... broken forms and leaning shapes that could well be parts of the letters that make up the word THINK.

Appearance is deceptive: despite their steely strength, the dismembered forms are merely painted cardboard structures, taped and glued together. In this particular arrangement the command to 'Think' is undermined by its deconstruction: the power of one word tempered by a certain temporal fragility... 
the artist's use of hard-edge lettering and cardboard a way of encapsulating the uncertainties associated with meaning and what we think words say.

Ewen Mcdonald
September 2016

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Darlinghurst NSW 2010

6 October - 5 November 2016

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scroll : the term "think"  
by 燕京女史
by Yanjing Ms. (Google translate)
by Yanjing History of Women (Google translate)

by Theatre of the Animators of Regard

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