Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1990

21 x 21cm, white outer folder content of two 21 x 21cm b/w lithographs by Gary Hincks which parody Victor Vasarely’s op-art style. In both (one in outline, the other solid black) the outer square shapes slowly turn into guillotine blades much as OpArt works often show slow gradual change in shapes.
This is a visual poem which is made more poignant with the two quotes on the inside of the folder – one from Vasarely: “Let us first kill in ourselves egocentricity” and another from Anacharsis Cloots – the French anarchist – “France you will be happy when you are finally cured of individuals.” by their addition the work reveals itself as being about the tension between the individuals role in the state versus his/her rights to individual liberty. VG+.

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