ROBERT MONTGOMERY'S BILLBOARD INTERVENTIONS

Monday, 26 November 2012


I had a hard time deciding whether Robert Montgomery's work should be placed under 'Literature' or 'Art' - considering it's as much poetry as it is art. The few landscape, non-billboard pieces swayed it for me though. I first came across Montgomery a long while ago, whilst looking at typographic artists like Lawrence Weiner and typographically unusual books - such as my number one favourite, House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski - for my final essay during my Fine Art Foundation year. I think his words speak for themselves really, so I'm not going to say much (also I'm saving myself, as it's a possibility for my dissertation topic depending on how the next few modules of my course play out) but just take a look at these. Using billboard advertising spaces, Montgomery illegally plasters his own work on top of the ad previously residing there, but surprisingly has never been challenged over his activity. When I read his work I just feel like I need to batter some people around the head with it, screaming 'look at our world! Listen to this guy! It's even fairly short so you can understand it and your tiny attention span won't cut out!' but I'm hoping their simplicity and beauty will make people pay attention some day. In the mean time, I'll just leave these here.

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