Fri, July 27, 2012

Open Air Installations // Robert Montgomery

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Robert Montgomery works in a poetic and melancholic post-Situationist tradition. Since 2005 he has carried out his ‘Words In the City At Night’ project where, echoing teh Situationist concept of detournement, he hijacks advertising space in the city, often illegally. He covers illuminated advertising billboards with austere black posters with white letters, which assume the colour of the ad posters underneath and take their light, parasitically.

His texts are part poetry, part an enquiry into our collective unconscious. They are intended to be encountered by commuters who don’t know they are art, and an attempt to describe in public space what it feels like to live now.

He has also made a series of ‘hijacked’ or altered neon signs such as ‘The Slow Dissapearance Of Meaning and Truth’, an exact replica of the iconic ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada’ sign, with the text poignantly altered, and since 2008 he has made sculptures that use the medium of recycled sunlight. These sculptures hold the sunlight of the day in solar cells and recycle it at night.

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