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Monday, May 23, 2011

Robert Montgomery

Robert Montgomery "works in a poetic and melancholic post-situationist tradition" and his work breaks my heart the way poetry is meant to.  He's one of those artists whose work I want to keep holed away in my chest, who seems to speak across some wave of the human mind that's tuned slightly differently from the day-to-day frequency, tuned to the underwater current of the human psyche, or something.  At any rate, I read/look at his work, and I lose my breath every time.  The work without the visual is muted, but the words in and of themselves are striking too.  Montgomery is one of those artists I barely want to share, who I'd rather tuck inside my head and keep all for myself, almost (as if I could with advertised art).  These are billboards I want to be the only reader of, billboards that make me really feel like I *am* the only intended audience, that they aren't readable by people walking by.  For billboards, it's just such incredibly intimate work in a place you'd least expect it.

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