Robert Montgomery’s light installation at Tou Scene.
I am absolutely smitten with the conceptual art of Robert Montgomery. His light poetry and urban interventions are infused with politics and passion, a questioning of capitalism and affirmations of love. At this year’s Nuart Fight Club debate on the proposed new term “post-street art”, Robert called for more radical and politically charged critical art: in an impassioned and humourous moment even urging the people to rip toilets from the walls and smash them en masse through the windows of the city in some perverse hommage to Marcel Duchamp. Somewhat fitting given one of the themes to this year’s festival was Dada.
While the light poem in the beer tunnels at Tou Scene — part of the indoor exhibitions for the Nuart Festival — was stunning and perfectly suited to its space, it was Robert’s interventions in the city that I found particularly moving and powerful. At once romantic and political, the white text on black background stands so starkly in contrast to surrounding space and the hacking of advertising street-furniture is particularly inspiring given my own interests in the excessive presence of outdoor advertising in cities.