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.

08 December 2009

before The Shilo Project

bLOGOS/HA HA enjoyed the variety of vertical + horizontal arrays at the Potter Museum installation of The Shilo Project. Some of these were shown in yesterday's post.

The well tempered timber panels of that display, however, are in sober contrast to the Mondrian meets Shadow Box vibrancy of the mid-60s sophisticates we feature today.

They swing and sway to Mel Torme, Buddy Greco, Billy Williams and Jackie Paris. To Pearl Baily, Eydie Gorme, Teddi King and Teresa Brewer.

But little do they know...

In a few short years, on a hot August night, their lives will change forever!

( click images to enlarge )

A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/

someone looks at something . . .