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23 Jan

Not Your Average Artist: Robert Montgomery

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By: Samantha Dudhnath

Robert Montgomery is more than just your average street artist.  According to his website, “Robert Montgomery works in a poetic and melancholic post-situationist tradition.”  He takes advertising spaces from around the world and installs his pieces in there place.  Montgomery tries to grab more than just the attention of people passing by.  He tries to inspire them, and bring some sort of hope into their lives.

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The pieces are meant to be known that they are art and not an advertisement.  His work is anonymous Robert has said this about his viewers, “They know it is not advertising, and it is not graffiti either and they do not need an art history knowledge to read it. I am super-interested in the ordinary person at the bus stop getting on the bus to their job everyday and suddenly seeing this weird text. I’m interested in reaching those people. They are my primary audience.”

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Montgomery has a 1st class honors degree in painting and an MFA from Edinburgh College of Art.  He has also been the Artist-in-Residence at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas where his work is on permanent display.   He is currently exhibiting at Galerie Nuke in Paris and Galerie Analix in Geneva.  His work speaks for itself:

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Robert Montgomery has this to say about the situationists and what is so important about it, “Of all the post-Marxists, post-structuralist theorists, post-modernist thinkers and art history essayists I read at University I thought Guy Debord was the most important. And that’s because he is fundamentally interested in what Capitalism does to us on the inside.”

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