How to Conjure Portals between Physical and Psychic Realms via Video Art and Sculpture

Apr 26, 2021 2:00 PM

Virtual

Free with Registration

Metaphysical artist Virginia Lee Montgomery (VLM) presents her intermedia art practice spanning video, performance, sound, and sculpture alongside the panpsychic-intersectional philosophies that inform her art practice, and a her own practical studio tips for empathetic meaning-making in a time of chaos.

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Please add your information to register for the virtual artist talk with Virginia Lee Montgomery on Monday, April 26, 2021 at 2:00 pm central time. In order to ensure the timeliness of confirmation emails with Zoom link information, this registration link expires at 10:00 am central time on April 26, 2021. Those who have registered for the event during this timeframe will receive an email from the Department of Art and Art History with Zoom information the day of the event. Please contact Jill Velez at jill.velez@austin.utexas.edu for assistance. 


VLM (Virginia Lee Montgomery) is a polymath and multi-media artist working between Austin, TX and New York, NY. She received her BFA from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and her MFA from Yale University in Sculpture in 2016. Working across video, performance, sound, and sculpture, her artwork is a research practice of feminist metaphysics that investigates the relationship between physical and psychic structures. While her artwork shifts in subject matter from ponytails to particle accelerators, to syrups, stones, moths and machines—VLM deploys an idiosyncratic visual vocabulary of repeating gestures like drilling, dousing, or reaching and recursive symbols like circles, holes and spheres. Her diverse artistic movements interrogate the metaphysical connections between life's material and mental realms. VLM also works outside the "art world" as a visual scribe, a Graphic Facilitator, a career for which she travels the country to diagram the development of ideas at group meetings, innovation events, and conferences for corporate clients. In her work as a fine artist, VLM turns this professional skill-set, which she describes as “mind map scribing,” inwards, to render the contours of her own subconscious and the logic of her own dreams and memories. Her output is her artwork. Collectively, VLM's symbols, forms, and gestures rupture material surfaces, opening up portals to unknown psychic ends. 

VLM has had solo shows with New Museum (NY), Times Square Arts (NY), Museum Folkwang (Germany), Wright Lab at Yale University (CT), The Lawndale Art Center (TX), False Flag (NY), and Hesse Flatow (NY). She has also exhibited in group exhibitions at institutions including SculptureCenter (NY), La Panacée-MoCo (France), The Hessel Museum at Bard College (NY), The Banff Centre (Canada), Socrates Sculpture Park (NY), and Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Denmark), among others.

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