theprintspace gallery is proud to announce the official opening of ‘Year of the Propaganda Corrupted Plebiscites’, an exhibition by conceptual artist and poet, Robert Montgomery.
Robert Montgomery will be showcasing a collection of fine art prints of his poetry-based art installations made at the theprintspace in 2016.
'Year of the Propaganda Corrupted Plebiscites’ is a powerfully nuanced journey into the current state of western consumerist culture. The exhibition comprises large-scale prints of his billboard poems, light pieces, fire poems and watercolours, and takes a poetic look at beauty, loss, hypocrisy and the feeling of longing for a deeper connection with the world around us.
The work of Robert Montgomery follows a post-Situationist view of conceptual text art, combined with installation. Taking the written word to physical and public spaces, the artist's aim is to give voice to the state of our society and our innermost feelings: ‘I want the words to appear almost like statements from the collective unconscious, in a sense,' he says. 'They are quite subtle ideas, and poetic ones; sometimes political points mixed with poetic allusions. The words can be complex, so I want them to look as straightforward as possible.’
Montgomery uses words, elements and space in order to connect the inner with the outer, balancing introspection and perspective.
"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 Literary Journal