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.

13 August 2017

Annual Grudge Match : Constructivism versus All Comers

It's the Australian Football League's version of Tomasso Siciliano's 1585 Vatican ceiling fresco 
The Triumph of Christianity over Paganism,
performed each AFL season whenever St Kilda (The Saints) and Melbourne (The Demons) clash at the MCG TAR (Melbourne Cricket Ground Theatre of the Actors of Regard).

Depending on how each Regardist regards the unlimited binary opportunities afforded by these two opposed teams of players, the match is tween
Saints v Demons, Good v Evil, Heaven v Earth, 
Sky v Ground, Levity v Gravitas, Wings v Horns, Light v Dark....

If guided by the club colours or jumper designs, the battle might might be between, say...

Constructivists v Sheep Dippers 
(the latter based on an old advertising slogan 
Red White and Black/The Tri-Benzyl Pack (sic)

Today's result : 
The Triumph of ... Constructivism! 
(14 12 96 def. 10 12 72)

The battle continues at :
Call of the Avant-GardeConstructivism and Australian Art 
Heide Museum of Modern Art  (5 July 8 October 2017) 

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