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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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NEWS

Can tweeting give you $8.7 million dollars?  It can if you’re the rapper 50 cent!  Okay maybe it is not as easy as that.  And I’m pretty sure you cannot make that kind of money.  So how did 50 make that much money?  Easy.  He tweeted to his fellow tweeters to invest in a company he owns shares in.  It is said that he boosted the penny stock firm, H&H, by a whopping 290%.  Fifty tweeted, “You can double your money right now.  Just get what you can afford.  They are no joke get in now.  He also said, “”Ok ok ok my friends just told me stop tweeting about HNHI so that we can get all the money. Hahaha check it out its the real deal.”

But it now appears that H&H’s stock has seen a decrease since Fifty did not tweet anything on Tuesday and Wednesday.  H&H fell 36% to 25 cents diminishing from 39 cents from Fifty’s initial tweet.  His last tweet about the company stated, “HNHI is the right investment for me it may or may not be right for u! Do ur homework.”

A commenter has said that 50 may or may not have violated SEC rules. Tom Chernaik, CEO of CMP.LY, stated “This is a classic example of a shrewd entrepreneur using social media to get the word out about something that they believe in; and in this case, have a personal financial stake in.  Unfortunately, without knowing it, by virtue of those Tweets, 50 Cent is now in the crosshairs of a great online debate. The use of social media promotion to raise the share price of a fledgling company is certainly a concern, not necessarily from SEC regulations but, rather, under the FTC Guidelines for Testimonials and Endorsements. The guidelines, updated in late 2009 require endorsers to disclose when they have material connections to the brands and products that they promote. In this example, there certainly seems to be a connection that might come as a surprise to the average reader.”

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