As two new London exhibitions open, Robert Montgomery talks to AnOther about the democratising power of public art.
Robert Montgomery’s work straddles light, immense physicality, conceptual art, and poetry; spelling out our collective societal thoughts and deepest personal musings in bold, all-caps Futura. His vast text-based pieces grace billboards and bodies alike: at least 20 people have his words tattooed on them – mostly, he says, having seen his pieces circulate online. Such is the power of his art to transcend physical borders and to profoundly touch people – something that will surely only increase from this month, when not one but two exhibitions open in London at Parasol Unit, near Old Street in the east; and Cob Gallery, in Camden. We spoke to Montgomery about the impact of billboards, the democratising power of public art, and a new move away from irony and towards spirituality in the art world.