Monday, September 7, 2015

Joseph Montgomery at Dürst Britt & Mayhew

Image Three Hundred Seven, 2015, pastel, paper, clay, plastic and pigment transfer on linen, 41 x 31 x 4 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

Rules for Coyote
12 September - 31 October 2015

Dürst Britt & Mayhew is proud to present American artist Joseph Montgomery's first solo exhibition in The Netherlands.

Montgomery’s work has the structure and syntax of sculpture, but it simultaneously has all the trappings of painting: wood, canvas, various types of coating and paint. The blurring and confounding of classification lends it a strange sense of hybridity. Montgomery’s expansion of abstract painting results in two distinctive types of painting: collages and shims.

For 'Rules for Coyote’ Montgomery makes use of the colour scheme of the famous Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoons (created in 1948 for Warner Bros.), which are situated in the southwest American desert. Red-brown (the colour of rock formations), yellow (the colour of sand), green (the colour of cacti), dark brown (the colour of Wile E. Coyote) and blue (the colour of Road Runner) are just a few of these constantly recurring colours. Montgomery humorously compares his practice with the fate of the coyote, who constantly fails to catch the bird but never tires of coming up with another ’solution'.

Joseph Montgomery (1979) received his MFA from Hunter College in New York. He recently had a solo presentation at Art Rotterdam, a solo exhibition at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and his work was shown in the much-discussed group exhibition 'Painter Painter' at The Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis. This year the Centraal Museum Utrecht acquired two of Montgomery's works for its permanent collection.

Concurrently with his solo exhibition at Dürst Britt & Mayhew Montgomery will be participating in the group exhibition 'Casting Couch' at Billytown in The Hague (12 September - 24 October 2015), where he will be showing one of his recent animations.

We thank WARSTEINER Nederland for kindly supporting the opening event.

Dürst Britt & Mayhew
Van Limburg Stirumstraat 47
2515 PB The Hague, Netherlands
Wed - Sat 12 - 6pm + by appointment