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.

25 March 2017

Regard of Photograph of Upholder of Falling Wall of Photographs Reportedly Unstable

1970 - now 
NGV Festival of Photography continues...

Theatre of the Actors of Regard
Collapsing Wall Of Photographs Held Back
Eric Westbrook, Director of the National Gallery of Victoria,
at “The Perceptive Eye Exhibition”, 1970 
photo : Australian Women’s Weekly, 7 January, 1970
AAA_Art Archive Australia

With weeping and with laughter 
Still is the story told, 
How well Eric held the wall 
In the brave days of old.

- after Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay

They never re-staged that fallen haul
They just placed a marble in front of it all.
These few words are written by that stand
At the bottom of this heap lies a big, big man.

- after Jimmy Dean

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


24 March 2017

Private TAR Tour

Have you dreamt of a private tour in the Gallery’s collection store with Gallery Director, Jason Smith? One lucky Gallery Member who joins before Friday 31 March will go in the draw for a one-on-one tour.
Treat yourself to a Geelong Gallery Membership, and try your luck by following the link:
Image : Gallery Director Jason Smith, and Georgia Chara inspecting Peter Tyndall’s ‘detail: A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/ someone looks at something…’ 1989, in the Gallery painting store.
Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
Garry Flanigan      Wow..... we would love a tour

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


22 March 2017


after Shinkichi Tajiri 

Theatre of the Actors of Regard
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 

21 March 2017

Serial and Conceptual Photography

Spare Room 33 concluded their 2016 home gallery program with a Lawrence Weiner survey.
They return tonight with Serial and Conceptual Photography.
Works by Rooney, Coventry, Tyndall, Ruscha, Huebler, König, Boltanski, Feldmann, the Bechers, Tajiri, Groover, and more.

open on Saturday 25 March and Saturday 1 April 2017
11.00 am - 4.30 pm
and by appointment :

Spare Room 33
Canberra, Australia

Spare Room 33  
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 

20 March 2017

++++ delirium XXXX delirium ++++ delirium XXXX delirium ++++ delirium XXXX delirium ++++ delirium XXXX delirium ++++ delirium XXXX delirium ++++ delirium XXXX delirium ++++ delirium XXXX delirium ++++ delirium XXXX delirium ++++ delirium XXXX delirium ++++ delirium XXXX delirium ++++ delirium XXXX

In Principio LOGOS
Lelio Orsi (1511-1587)
Kiyoshi Koishi (1908-1957)

Turning and turning in the widening gyre   
The falcon cannot hear the falconer; 
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; 
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, 
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere   
The ceremony of innocence is drowned; 
The best lack all conviction, while the worst   
Are full of passionate intensity. 

Surely some revelation is at hand; 
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.   
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out   
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi 
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert   
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,   
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,   
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it   
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.   
The darkness drops again; but now I know   
That twenty centuries of stony sleep 
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,   
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,   
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

- The Second Coming, W B Years

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

19 March 2017

Secret bLOG for a Secret Person in TARland

 l'enfant TARrible, 1952  

Joseph Beuys + Mihai Olos matrix  
Documenta 6 (1977)  
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 

18 March 2017

HA HA HAKUIN Enso Border Patrol Tour

How many decades have we had a magazine print of this Hakuin enso on the office wall here? 

Never funnier than now! Sad!

The text under the office print says: 
When you forget yourself you become the universe.
Hakuin (1685 -1768)

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Online, under the same enso image, another (similar) text and commentary :

No space in the ten directions,
not one inch of great earth

The phrase is from a koan in which a monk asks Master Pa-ling, 
"Are the views of Zen masters the same or different from what is taught in sutras?"
Pa-ling answered, 
"When a rooster is cold, it flies up into a tree; when a duck is cold, it dives under the water".
In the twelfth century a Chinese monk, Wei-chao, added a verse to this koan :

A branch of plum blossoms is enshrouded by rain,
The golden one smiles without speaking.
A bright noon shines on the Water Dragon Palace,
While the moon and stars dance and laugh, dance and laugh:
No space in the ten directions, not one inch of great earth

Hakuin's ink was rather wet and his brushwork quite loose, causing the characters to become solid masses of ink next to his egg-shaped enso

by Audrey Yoshiko Seo

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Tour of TAR 
HA HA Theatre of the Actors of Regard


HA HA Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something... 

16 March 2017

Theatre of the Alternative Real : We welcome new members!

This is the headline. This is the image. This is the text :

Members Exhibition Previews: NGV Festival of Photography - Ross Coulter: Audience

See contemporary photography at its best with the NGV Festival of Photography. Taking over a number of galleries across the NGV on the year of the 50th anniversary of the NGV’s photography curatorial department, the Festival of Photography features exhibitions including Ross Coulter.
Join a floor talk with NGV Senior Curator of Photography, Susan van Wyk, at 3:30pm.
NGV International
180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006
Date and Time: 
16 Mar, 2–5pm
Free entry.
Who should attend:
We welcome new members!

Looking online today, in anticipation of "Audience" the exhibition, we were surprised to see the above installation image. Not as anticipated, with all those apparently black photos...

Some quick image searching reveals it is in fact a commercial generic stock photo : wtphoto?!

Theatre of the Actors of Regard  

We've been following Ross Coulter's Audience 
project from day one (15 August 2013) at Conical, Fitzroy...

photo by Theatre of the Audience Reciprocal  

...and are very much looking forward to it's animation as part of the NGV Festival of Photography opening tomorrow.

Ross Coulter
Audience 2013–16 (detail)
silver gelatin prints
20.0 x 25.0 cm each
Collection of the artist
© the artist

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

13 March 2017

Theatre After Rodin presents 'Pack Mentality'



Surprise an art-loving friend with a Versus Rodin Gift Pack   
To celebrate the major exhibition Versus Rodin: Bodies across space and time, showing exclusively at the Art Gallery of South Australia in early 2017, gift packs are now available for online purchase. Deliveries or collection from the Gallery Shop available from 1 November 2016. Please allow from 5-7 business days for deliveries.
Versus Rodin Ticket Gift Pack 
Two exhibition tickets beautifully presented in special gift envelope. 
Versus Rodin Exhibition Publication Gift Pack 
Voucher to collect a copy of the exhibition publication during the exhibition season. Each voucher is beautifully presented in a special gift envelope. 
Versus Rodin Ticket and Publication Gift Pack 
Two exhibition tickets and voucher to collect a copy of the exhibition publication during the exhibition season. Tickets and voucher beautifully presented in a special gift envelope. 
Enquiries: please contact the Gallery Shop on 08 8207 702


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

12 March 2017

versus Rodin.

Auguste  Rodin versus  Tony Albert Benjamin Armstrong Frank Auerbach Australian Dance Theatre Francis Bacon Phyllida Barlow Huma Bhabha Polly Borland Louise Bourgeois Pat Brassington Cecily Brown Janet Burchill Eugène Carrière Thea Costantino Olive Cotton Bridget Currie Tacita Dean Max Dupain Anne Ferran Urs Fischer Simryn Gill Felix Gonzalez-Torres Antony Gormley Brent Harris Bill Henson Barbara Hepworth Thomas Houseago Sui Jianguo William Kentridge Bharti Kher Emily Kame Kngwarreye Rosemary Laing Lindy Lee Ben Leslie Sherrie Levine Sarah Lucas Guy Maestri Mark Manders Ricky Maynard Rob McLeish Henry Moore Chris Ofili Dennis Oppenheim Mike Parr João Penalva Paul Pfeiffer Seth Price Sara Rahbar Elvis Richardson Julia Robinson Ugo Rondinone David Rosetzky Alison Saar Yhonnie Scarce Tim Silver Kiki Smith Fiona Tan Wolfgang Tillmans Francis Upritchard Bill Viola Danh Vō Kara Walker Gillian Wearing Kehinde Wiley Xu Zhen

+   +   +   +    

FIAPCE (1974)   
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 

11 March 2017

Record Price for Australian Artwork

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

10 March 2017

Let Us Forget

email to FIAPCE from NGV  
10 MAR – 27 AUG 17

In every form of art, you really want the experience of the images to transcend the medium, for the medium to disappear into the greater experience of viewing the work. So that you forget you are looking at a painting, or a photograph.

- Bill Henson

response from FIAPCE  

 Photograph by John B. Turner : Dr Isobel Crombie, Snr Curator
 of Photography, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 
 discussed a photograph by Bill Henson at the Auckland Art 
 Gallery's Art Lounge, Lorne Street, Auckland CBD, 
 14 June 2009.jpg

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


09 March 2017

Chance, the guard

Researching Sister Corita Kent's artwork recently, we found this image & quote from the Vatican Two instigator and reformer Pope John 23 (1958-1963).

A skew second to the open spirit of that statement, nonetheless noted, was the pun-ish play between guard and garden.
From there to thoughts of the observer ("I like to watch") and projection-space 'Chauncey Gardiner' in Being There.
Yesterday, reading the following description of the National Gallery of Victoria by a former NGV guard rang that same odd sense of right and wrong delight. 
"I can't even walk into the NGV anymore … it's lost its reputation for me and I consider it now to be like an illegal sweatshop." 
The ABC report included this image of a blur-headed guard, with the same caption as below.

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

08 March 2017

Radar Love

The Field 

figure and figure
someone looks at something...

Museum of Modern Art, NY 
USA : In Andrew Wyeth's 1948 Christina’s World (above) a woman lying in a field looks up at a large house set against a dull sky. 

Ballarat Art Gallery 
Australia : In Jeffrey Smart's 1965 The Listeners (above) a man lying in a field looks up at a big red scanning device set against dark threatening cloud.
Jindalee is an aboriginal word for a place [the] eye cannot see, or somewhere beyond where the eye can see, like over the horizon.  
The original project to develop an over-the-horizon radar in Australia was called Jindalee and the operational outcome of that project called JORN 3 continues the use of the iconic name Jindalee.  
“To me, the JORN system is one of Australia's quietest achievers. It is an astounding system, the most capable radar network in the world, all Australian designed and built, and should be acknowledged as one of Australia's finest defence technology achievements”.
- The Institution of Engineers Australia - Nomination of Jindalee for Heritage Recognition 

 Tim O'Brien 
USA : In Tim O'Brien's recent 2017 reworking of Christina's World (above), Counselor to President Trump, Kellyanne Conway (she of "alternative facts") is alternated from the White House ...

photo : Brendan Smialowski/AFP
... along with the White House, into 1948 Wyeth World/Christina World where, still oblivious of her surroundings, she continues to trans-act with her device.
Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
Australia : Theatre of the Actors of Regard, 1952. Tableau vivant by Bendigo performance prodigy Barry Block & The Blockbusters.
As these image-events gather, something is starting to make sense to someone...

USA : wtf ! That big red scanner on the hill...?! 
The Listeners!  The Buggers!!  The Tappers!!!
TAR : click image to enlarge  
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something... 

07 March 2017

S is for swear, salute, signal, sign...

Senator Sessions swearing. Lying.
LOGOS/HA HA : Speaking unTruth into Being

Jeff Sessions being sworn in before his confirmation hearing.
Theatre of the Advocates of Rectitude 
Such a strange shape that swearer makes... 

Here's an explanation from NWSidebar - The Voices of Washington's Lawyers and Legal Community :

Why Do We Raise Our Right Hands When Testifying Before the Court?

“Please raise your right hand to take the oath” is a phrase that has become commonplace in the modern courtroom and is required of all witnesses before they take the stand to offer testimony at trial. However, many attorneys may not be aware of the purpose or history of the practice of “raising your right hand” when swearing to tell the truth before the court.

Most have located the origin of the practice in the central criminal court of 17th century London. Judges in London’s courts, from the late 17th century to the early 20th century, could choose from a wide range of punishments, which varied in severity from a full pardon to the death sentence. However, judges lacked a sophisticated means to maintain a criminal defendant’s records to help them assess which penalty was most appropriate to the defendant’s circumstances. As a result, judges sometimes chose to punish criminals with a branding.

Jonathan Walker's branded hand, SS for Slave Stealer, 1845

Branding, which literally meant the application of a branding iron to the convicted defendant’s body, was generally imposed upon convicts who received leniency from the court. For example, convicts who successfully pleaded “benefit of the clergy” — a practice which would spare a defendant affiliated with the Church from a death-penalty punishment — “were branded on the thumb (with a “T” for theft, “F” for felon, or “M” for murder), so that they would be unable to receive this benefit more than once.” (The Proceedings of Old Bailey, Punishments at the Old Baily : http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/static/Punishment.jsp)
Similar brands were issued to convicts who were found guilty of manslaughter instead of murder.
FIAPCE ideo brand, c.1976/77

Should the convict appear before the Court again, they would be required to raise their right hand, which would allow the Court to assess whether they had committed any previous crimes or received leniency in the past. This indelible “criminal record” was thus a sort of pre-cursor to the “character evidence” of today.

Like today’s courts, however, London’s 17th century courts also saw the value in limiting access to certain forms of character evidence. For example, for a short period of time, thieves were branded on the cheek. However, the practice proved far too prejudicial, as convicts often were left unable to find work. The practice of branding on the hand — and, therefore, the practice of raising the right hand in court — continued.
Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
Although the practice has clearly outgrown its initial purpose, it still takes place in courtrooms across the country and serves as an interesting reminder of the history and tradition that has paved the way for the modern American judiciary.

Jeff Sessions being sworn in before his confirmation hearing in January.  Photo Stephen Crowley/The New York Times
Theatre of the Angle(s) Right 
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something...