Artist Robert Montgomery has worked with the medium of billboards for over a decade. Come and hear this artist's unique perspective on the power of the medium and his critique of the language of outdoor advertising and how it can effect our emotions and reality, our politics and society for good and for worse.
The Microsoft Stage
14:45 - 15:30
Robert Montgomery brings a poetic voice and public interventionists strategies to the tradition of contemporary text art, and works across diverse media: billboard pieces, solar powered light pieces, fire poems, woodcuts and watercolors. He was the British artist selected for the 2012 Kochi Biennale and the 2016 Yinchuan Biennale. A monograph on his work was published by Distanz in 2015. Along with the architects Allied Works he was a shortlisted finalist for the UK National Holocaust Memorial in London.
Dane Weatherman wrote of Montgomery's work, “To encounter the work of Robert Montgomery is to make a tender encounter whose tenderness is enhanced by the public, communal quality of his work. To encounter his work is to have your body filled with a sad thunder and your head filled with a sad light. He is a complete artist and works in language, light, paper, space. He engages completely with the urban world with a translucent poetry. His work arrives at us through a kind of lucid social violence. No one has blended language, form and light in such a direct way. “