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.

09 July 2018

Edwin Tanner 'Mathematical Expressionist' at TarraWarra Museum of Art (until 15 July)

Edwin Tanner is one of our favorite artists of Melbourne, along with John Brack, Eric Thake and Robert Rooney.

 Edwin Tanner
 Self Portrait of a Public Servant 

 Edwin Tanner
 Double negation of family resemblances. Homage to 

And, just finished at Charles Nodrum Gallery,
'Edwin Tanner : Works on Paper from the Estate'.

 Edwin Tanner 
 (Untitled  - Study for an Astrological Mural) 

 Edwin Tanner
 "I think that the river is a strong brown god - sullen,
 untamed and intractable" but wholly devoid of fish

 Edwin Tanner, Prof Walter Diesendorf and Mrs Shirley Tanner 
 with dog Ethelred the Ready, 1974
 Fryer Library Pictorial Collection, UQFL477, PIC406 (detail)

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