In his second solo exhibition at the gallery, Joseph Montgomery’s approach to generating paintings is both streamlined and complicated by a number of repeated forms, radical scale shifts, and combinatory structures. Montgomery’s paintings, often built up over time, substitute objects and images for the act of painting. Fragments pretend to be wholes and images collapse into their constituent parts from different angles. Employing found and fabricated shims, his recent works play with the idea of an abstract form as a readymade, creating an increasingly closed and circuitous loop of image making. With a more refined palette and an increasing number of painting subsets, Montgomery’s exhibition focuses and expands his interrogation of painting as “image.”
In the past two years, Montgomery’s works have been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions, including the White Columns Annual and the Bridgehampton Biennial, New York, and in a two-person exhibition at the Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland.