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Joseph Montgomery - Human Stain
CAR DRDE is pleased to present Human Stain, an exhibition that collect recent works by the New York-based artist Joseph Montgomery.
Joseph Montgomery, Image Five Hundred Fifty Six, 2018-2020, CAR DRDE Bologna
11 December 2021
10:30 – 19:30
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CAR DRDE is pleased to present Human Stain, an exhibition that collect recent works by the New York-based artist Joseph Montgomery at his second solo presentation at CAR DRDE, with a critical text by Matilde Guidelli Guidi.

The ten paintings installed in the gallery continue the decade-long artistic research focused on juxtaposition of assembled, geometric, three-dimensional shim paintings, and compositions of shape, color, and textures on the traditional supports of canvas and linen. Both approaches to image-construction generate a plethora of arrangements in the studio, from which individual paintings are chosen qualitatively as finished, while the leftover images are ground up and reused as fertilizer for alternative combines. The artist recently realized that perhaps this drive to make many images and choose the best among them comes from a childhood encountering the grids of hundreds of black-and-white photographic contact sheets in binders around his family’s house, wherein only some of the small rectangles were circled in a red grease pencil framing one particular version of the repeatedly photographed subject. Now, in painting, he sees the same subject repeatedly but subtly formed as a function of choice, decisions, labor. And Montgomery asks himself not only: "Why do I choose one aggregate of visual information over another?" but also: "How can I make that decision-making process visible to a painting viewer?”.

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