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.

21 May 2017

O.K. It's a date.

 On Kawara — Silence

 Members’ Party and Private View

 February 6, 2015

 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
 5th Ave at 89th Street

 New York City

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19 May 2017

8 Mile enso (detail )

 watch : final three rap battles

 read : final three rap battles

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17 May 2017

bL/ud Barthes

Roland Barthes was rarely photographed without a cigarette in his mouth : w|hence breath, fire, light, colour, smoke, fumes, animation, signal, parole
words, speech, story, conversation, lecture ...

Breathing-in breathing-out, the image body of 
le maitre Barthes conducts with his two batons
bLineage re. Smoke Signals Read In Mirrors

Cigarette in parole hole, pigment pen in hand, 
all in unison. 

Red and read / read verses red ...

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15 May 2017

here we go loop de loop

circle, way of mind

enso (regard) 

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yOu of YOU
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12 May 2017

Logos Clubbing

In the beginning was The Literature Club 

Going forward, as they say...

Today follows on from yesterday 

The Logos Club from The Picture Club

The Seventh Function of Language 
from HHhH with Sight Gag
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 La trahison des imagesThe Treason of Images           FIAPCE
 Ceci n'est pas une hache / This is not an axe.

 La trahison des images / The Treason of Images               h/ere
 Ceci n'est pas une hache / This is not an axe.

 La trahison des images / The Treason of Images           FIAPCE
 Ceci n'est pas une haiche / This is not an aitch.

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10 May 2017

Picture Clubbing

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This month marks 15 years since 
the inception of the Foundation Picture Club,
a very special event that occurs every month
just for AGWA Foundation Members.

You're invited to join our expert Gallery Guides
on an adventure through art to further develop your understanding of the treasures in your State Art Collection.
This month's Picture Club is titled 
and will be looking at works by 
David Noonan and Mike Parr.

Nathan Beard
Untitled (Portrait with Yaai) 2016
photographic decal on glazed porcelain, PVD coating
25 x 36 cm, 28.5 x 39 cm (framed)
© Nathan Beard
Photo: Uri Auerbach

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             LOGOS/HA HA 


09 May 2017

Two museum e-nouncements ping in today, extending our Sight Gag medley

from MCA (Sydney) for their 
Annual Appeal 

photo : Daniel Boud  
and from MUMA (Melbourne) for their
Boiler Room Lecture: Ritual intimacy

 Christian Thompson, We bury our own (Energy matter) 2012.
 Courtesy of the artist, Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne, and 
 Michael Reid, Sydney and Berlin.

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08 May 2017

Vale Lou Richards (1923-2017)

Melbourne Football Zen Mind 
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Louie the Lip loses again -
sweeps Swanston Street
with a feather duster

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07 May 2017

Medardo Rosso and the Flesh of Others

Io non lavoro per i miei contemporanei, lavoro per il futuro
(I don’t work for my contemporaries, I work for the future.)  
—Medardo Rosso

Received with thanks

It's the continuum, stupid.

Mother matrix and the Unfinished Sympathy (sic)

from Willendorf to Leonardo and Michelangelo, 
Messerschmidt, Muybridge, Medardo Rosso
Giacometti, Fontana...

 Medardo Rosso, La vecchia (The Old Lady), 1883

 Medardo Rosso, Carne altrui (Flesh of Others), 1883–84

 Medardo Rosso, Aetas Aurea (The Golden Age), 1884-85

 Medardo Rosso, Enfant au sein (Child at the Breast), 1889–90

 Medardo Rosso, Rieuse (Laughing Woman) [first cast c.1890]
 with Rosso's own photography as animated in 2015 by 
 illustrator and graphic artist Jonathon Rosen

 Medardo Rosso, Madame X, 1896. Wax with plaster interior

 Medardo Rosso, Madame X regarded regarded, 1896- 
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04 May 2017

Hakuin & the Scroll within a Scroll

Chapter Four : Ingenious Teaching Devices; Unusual Figures

The Scroll within a Scroll

In a small number of Hakuin's works, he depicts scenes in which he has included hanging scrolls - paintings and calligraphy - so they can be seen by the viewer. To begin this chapter, I will explore several of these "scroll within a scroll" paintings in order to discover Hakuin's reasons for employing such a pictorial device... click here to continue

- p. 179 The Religious Art of Zen Master Hakuin by Katsuhiro Yoshizawa (translated and with contributions by Norman Waddell)

Three Gods of Good Fortune Conning Words by Ssu-ma Kuang
Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769)

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02 May 2017


White on White : Jesus the Logos blesses the host


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White on White : The Sacrament of the Eucharist
White on White : Holy Communion
White on White : The Transubstantion

White on White : Pope Francis 

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We are enjoying the HBO series The Young Pope
Like The West Wing does The Vatican : What if...?
Mad Men, too. Lots more.

Episode 2 presented us this instructive exchange between Sophia, the Vatican Director of Marketing, and Lenny, the young Pope Pious XIII.

- (Sofia) : As you know, Your Holiness, the Vatican holds a monopoly on the production of any and all merchandise with an image of the Pope on it. Today's papal turnover requires us to come up with new designs, which we will then need to get into production as quickly as possible. All those items with the Holy Father's picture on them, which the faithful just love and which make up a sizable slice of the Vatican budget.
- (The Young Pope) : I see. Go on.
- What would be required then is a brief photo shoot, which will then enable us to get into production as soon as possible a series of items displaying Your Holiness's picture: key chains, postcards, ashtrays, lighters, picture cards, plates
- Plates?
- Yes, of course, Holy Father, plates too. In addition to the usual plastic plates, which sell for five euro, we were thinking of something more refined. It occurred to us that we might commission a special plate from Vietri, in Campania. The craftsmen there do the most marvelous decorations, so naturally we were thinking of creating a plate with your portrait right in the center, painted by the very best Vietri's craftsmen.
- Nice. And how much would it sell for?
- Forty-five euro, at least.
- Ah, a reasonable price.
- I would say so, considering that we're talking about a craftsmanship, Holy Father, handmade, not some cheap factory production.
- (Cardinal Voiello) : Perhaps we could send one to all the heads of State.
- (Sophia) : An excellent idea, Your Eminence.
- (The Young Pope) : Good, very good.
- Very good.
- Good.
- Very good.
- Yes, very, very good.
- Very, very good.
- Good.
- (The Young Pope) : Wait a minute. I'll be right back. (Leaves the room.)

- (Sofia) : Good. Where did he go?
- (Cardinal Voiello) : To get a gun, I imagine.
- (Sofia) : Come on! It went fine.

- (The Young Pope returns) : Do you see this plate, ma'am?
- Yes of course I see it.
- Good. This is the sort of merchandise I'm prepared to authorise.
- But it doesn't have your image on it!

- (The Young Pope) : I do not have an image, my good lady, because I am no one. Do you understand? No one. Only Christ exists. Only Christ. And I'm not worth forty-five, or even five euros. I am worth nothing.
- (Sophia) : I don't understand, Holy Father.
- Of course you don't, because, as you said earlier, you studied at Harvard. And Harvard is a place in decline, where you were taught to lower yourselves. Whereas here, in the Vatican, we try to elevate ourselves.

- (The Young Pope) : Who exactly is in charge of curating the image of the Pope?

- (Sophia) : The Secretary of State entrusted that delicate task to me, Holy Father, two years ago.

- (The Young Pope) : Very good. And now I'm going to tell you what you, as curator of the image of the Holy Father, are gonna do. You are gonna fire the Vatican's official photographer immediately. No photographs of the Pope are to be issued. Just as there were none when I was a cardinal or a bishop. Do you know why? I never allowed my picture to be taken. And when someone manage to sneak a photograph of me, I always bought them up before they could be published. Now that I think about it, I've been training my whole life to be an invisible pope.
And so, for my first address, you will see to it that the light is so dim, no photographer, no TV cameraman, and not even the faithful will see anything of me but a dark shadow, my silhouette.
They will not see me because I do not exist.
- (Sofia) : If I may, Holy Father, what you are proposing is nothing short of suicide, media suicide.

- (The Young Pope) : Media suicide, you say? Fine, now try to keep up with me, if you can.
- I'm right with you, Holy Father.
- Good. Ok, so, who is the most important author of the last twenty years? Careful now, not the best, virtuosity is for the arrogant, the most important, the author who has sparked so much morbid curiosity that he became the most important? I wouldn't know. I'd say Philip Roth.
- No. Salinger.
- The most important film director?
- Spielberg.
- No. Kubrick. Contemporary artist?
- Jeff Koons. Or Marina Abramovic.
- Banksy.
- Electronic music group?
- I don't know the first thing about electronic music.
- You say Harvard is a good university! Anyway, Daft Punk.
- (Cardinal Voiello) : The best Italian female vocalist?
- Mina?
- Very good!
- (The Young Pope) : Now do you know what it is, what the invisible red thread is that connects them all, all these most important figures in their respective fields? None of them let themselves be seen. None of them let themselves be photographed.
- (Cardinal Voiello) : But you're not an artist, Holy Father. You are a head of State.
- (The Young Pope) : Yes, of a city state so small that it has no outlet to the sea, and in order to survive, its leader has to make himself as unreachable as a rock star. The Vatican survives thanks to hyperbole. So we, we shall generate hyperbole, but this time in reverse.
- (Sophia) : I'm beginning to get your point, Holy Father. Yes, not only am I beginning to get it, I'm beginning to like it, too.
- Good, very good.

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