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.

10 May 2012

NGV : Vox Pop

No, not VOX POP the 1983 exhibition curated by Robert Lindsay at the National Gallery of Victoria with artworks by Davida Allen, Howard Arkley, Peter Booth, Paul Boston, Gunter Christman, Juan Davila, Fraiser Fair, Dale Frank, Maria Kozic, David Larwill, Linda Marrinon, Mandy Martin, Jan Murray, Lutz Presser, Victor Rubin, Gareth Sansom, Imants Tillers, Peter Taylor, Peter Tyndall, Jenny Watson.

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1983 VOX POP catalog | Howard Arkley, Tattooed head (detail)

NGV : Vox Pop is a free pencil movement collection of reactions to :
The NGV prohibits sketching, noting taking/making and photography at the exhibition Fred Williams : Infinite Horizons. What do you reckon?

Over coming weeks we'll publish some of these.

Today, a postcard from a young French lad. Via his auto-portrait, he suggests, we may gauge the distress he felt when first he heard of the latest NGV veto. On the reverse, he writes of his profound disappointment. His exact words are "d'une profonde déception".

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someone looks at something ...