Arts & Elbows

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Friday, June 16, 2006

Groucho Marxism

The late great Groucho Marx said "I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member." and judging by Simon Morse's show opening at Gallery IOTA he feels pretty much the same way when it comes to Marxist politics.
His work is divided into two distinct halves, one satirical propoganda posters urging viewers to join the revolution by going down the pub and drunkenly discussing politics, the other life sized cardboard cut-outs in 19th century dress seemingly gathered for a grand circus which will never take place.
This enormous collection of work fills IOTA's delightful space, the volume is such as to suggest Morse probably doesn't have enough spare time to even breath. Refreshing to see an artist who can be judged not simply on his great style and playful content but also his incredible work rate.
Good also to see IOTA offer up another "must-see" show, they seem to have developed it beyond an enjoyable habit to a spectacular obsession.

"The Marxist Magicians: Half a Revolution" runs until 9th July. Phone Gallery IOTA on 01843 853117 for details or visit their website by clicking here.


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