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I promised to post two more posters made by Tony Carey during the Hornsey Sit-in: here they are, and I am sorry for the delay. I always thought that Bureaucra-cy was Tony’s masterpiece. The Hornsey Affair, while it identified passages of writing by initials, did not identify the authors of its visual material.  As one of the earlier editors, I don’t know why.

Paintings by Jane German and I, among others, have appeared in a weighty selection of work by East Anglian artists, entitled The Artist in our Midst 2, published by Green Pebble Magazine and just out. If anyone would like to know what is being done in East Anglia at the moment, this will give you some of the information, though there are so many people working here that this will only be part of it.

My explanation for the large number of artists/craftworkers in East Anglia is that during the 60s and 70s many people in London saw that this area was the nearest one where property and space – I mean outbuildings barns etc – were available at affordable prices, and a community of country people and farm-workers was congenial. At the beginning of this period the population of Norfolk for instance was still falling. I suspect that this generation of artist/craftworkers  is more that middle-aged on average, and growing older.  It will not easily be replaced by an influx of younger workers because the bourgeoisification of the countryside has gone on apace: properties are now expensive, and fewer and fewer farmworkers can afford to live in the countryside which was home to their parents and grandparents.  If this analysis is near the truth then the present flush of artistic activity will gradually fade, and young  inventive people looking for working space will start exploring the old derelict industrial areas. The future will be more like the revitalisation of SoHo in New York than like the colonisation of St Ives.

Someone has been looking for Hornsey material, so here are some posters. The feeling in the Honsey Sit-in and after was that images produced were for,  and in a sense by, the community, so they were anonymous, apart from the legend AMHCA (Association of Members of Hornsey College of Art, which implied that the enterprise was a cooperative, and not a top-down institution).

Sadly the maker of the first 3 images, Tony Carey, died not very long after the sit-in. He  was a very quiet student who merged with the background, until after the Sit-In when he emerged as editor of the resistence sheet REVELATIONS. The ‘proper authorities’ had retaken control of Hornsey, and swiftly broke every agreement they had made in negotiating, so the critical attack on their way of running things (or not running them) was scrutinised in this occasional pamphlet (legend “The Beast and the Whore Rule In God’s Name”).

Tony was a learned person even at student age, and had wide interests which included philosophy and film animation. He had been prone to depression before, and one day swallowed some pills. A friend who found him alive got him to hospital, and thinking he was now saved, destroyed the note that he had left, thinking it might be an embarassment for him later. But he died in hospital after a few days, never quite regathering his wits,  so we never knew exactly why he left us. Two more Tony Carey posters will appear here shortly.

By the way , the only David Page straightjacket to be found here is my inability to think outside my mind. If it’s physical bondage you’re after,   as in the case of William Shakespeare, you need another person of the same name.

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