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AND THE SCREENS THAT CIRCLE YOU LIKE BUTTERFLIES NOW, ROBERT MONTGOMERY IN GENEVA

septembre 5, 2018

AND THE SCREENS THAT CIRCLE YOU LIKE BUTTERFLIES NOW

ROBERT MONTGOMERY

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Opening September 13, 2018
ANALIX FOREVER is very pleased to welcome a new exhibition by
Robert MONTGOMERY, more than ten years after the first exhibit and poetry night at Rue de l’Arquebuse.

AND THE SCREENS THAT CIRCLE YOU LIKE BUTTERFLIES NOW

This exhibition unfolds on three sites throughout Geneva: in the gallery at 2 rue de Hesse, in Atelier AMI in Chêne-Bourg, and at Château de Penthes.

At Analix Forever, 2 rue de Hesse, Montgomery is showing some of his most recent works: painting as a palimpsest. Montgomery started his career with painting, notably in his residency in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas. For these new paintings, Montgomery has re-worked compositions by Kazimir Malevich with his texts layered on top. For Montgomery, Modernism isn’t a style, it is a set of moral values invested in equality and enlightenment and public education. Montgomery proposes his own utopias, challenging the crisis we face, whether socio-political or ecological. Proposes poetry in place of consumerism, openness in place of fear, beauty
and kindness in place of hatred, and his own view on Modernism in
opposition to Trumpism.

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Montgomery made initial references to Malevich long ago, and those may be found in his photographs of his public works, billboard poems and fire poems, that can seen at Atelier AMI in Chêne-Bourg. Here is what Montgomery say about his public works, “I’m interested in that grey space where if it’s not an art audience and they don’t know my work, they don’t even know it’s art. I’m really interested in that direct communication with those who are reading the text and can’t categorize it. I think for a certain group of people if you say it’s contemporary art they sort of slightly switch off, so it’s great if you can reach those people without them knowing it’s art. Sometimes I write like a madman and sometimes I write so it sounds like a sort of inspirational idealistic manifesto and I sometimes I write them so that they sound quite angry; so I’m conscious of the difference in the tone of voice, as if it might be a collective unconscious speaking.”

At Château de Penthes, Robert Montgomery welcomes us with his always lightening LEDs attract the viewers from far away, also in the night, like poetic moths, RATHER BURNED THAN CAPTURED… The exhibition LA PRISON EXPOSÉE, Champ-Dollon à Penthes (curator, Barbara Polla) is prolonged till December 15, but thanks to generous donators, this work will remain at the Château for much longer.

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Robert Montgomery & Analix Forever were also awarded the ICONA prize in Verona, Italy, 2016, and thanks to Giovanni Milesi, the awarded work is henceforth in the permanent collection of Museo Mart.

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