Robert Montgomery brings a uniqueness to his practice by including a deliacte, yet powerful, poetic voice to text art. Included in his work are billboard poems, light pieces, fire poems, woodcuts and watercolors.
“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.”
Dane Weatherman. Black & Blue Journal
Info taken from: http://www.robertmontgomery.org/bio/
Hazel introduced me to Montgomery and whats particularly resonates with me is the conflict between the public and private voice of the artist. The passages are separate from him and yet are incredibly personal. The text themselves seem to be unrelated to their environment and remain ambiguous to their ancestry and context. The poetry awakens a hidden truth within the reader/viewer such as “All palaces are temporary palaces” and “The people you love become ghosts inside of you and like this you keep them alive”. The texts are penetrative and burrow deep within the subconscious of the recipient. This is something I would like to emulate somewhat in my poetry passages, yet where mine are relating to inter-connectivity, Montgomery’s subjects are far more broad.