Few artists have utilised the medium of video as explicitly as Tony Morgan (b. 1938, Leicestershire, UK - 2004, Geneva, Switzerland). Morgan caught the zeitgeist perfectly with his films of random and bizarre activities in videos that often featured him. Part Fluxus inspired, these videos are compelling expressions of Morgan's bleak but humorous reflection of social and political change. Tony Morgan turned to themes of gender identity in the early '70s, establishing Herman, his part-woman alter ego.

 

Morgan's collaboration with Daniel Spoerri video, Beefsteak - Resurrection (1968), reverses the story of a steak from excrement to its genesis as a cow in a field; Shatter (1973), features a hammer relentlessly tapping the surface of the screen until it breaks: visually disturbing, these works are characteristic of Morgan's aesthetic.

 

Living in Dusseldorf during the late 60s early 70s he was a contemporary of Blinky Palermo, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, and Joseph Beuys: he was actively involved with performances at the Stadlische Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf and Aktionsraum, Munich.

 

The recent revival of interest is now restoring this original and provocative artist to his rightful place. Recent exhibitions include Tony Morgan, The Birth of Herman, Mamco, Geneva (2002) and Tony Morgan: Some Films, Thomas Dane Gallery, London (2011).