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491 Gallery near Leytonstone tube London
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From: John Devers
Category: Exhibitions
Date: 27 June 2003

Review

This is a hippy community not just a place to exhibit commodities. A sprawling complex of buildings, ladders, an outdoor tent living structure, a large terraced garden, all within hailing distance of the motorway. This utopia is a not so hidden gem in the already fabled tapestry of Leytonstone cultural life.

A charming brown dog runs around, arty body casts litter the landscape, white men with dreads or facial hair and baggy trousers are prevalent, also a belly dancer ( why is this art part of the alternative living package?). They don't eat meat but they do sell that other poison, beer. Lots of art is on show, just like bourgeois art but without all the irony, which makes it even worse. All political systems suffer from the problem of creating a distinct aesthetic ideology, so one cannot be too critical.

This is the new age, another way of living. It attracts messily dressed disciples from around Europe. This alternative, what does it mean? Sustainable, renewable, regeneration etc. If we all lived like this there would be no good art and too much incense. But maybe less unhappiness.

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