For over a decade, Robert Montgomery has adorned the streets of various capital cities with phrases such as CIVILISATIONS COME AND GO LIKE AUTUMN RAIN and WHENEVER YOU SEE THE SUN REFELECTED IN THE WINDOW OF A BUILDING IT IS AN ANGEL in an effort to engage passers-by with his emotionally-charged, and often melancholic, abstract poetry. Working in the situationist tradition, he continues to relentlessly hijack advertising spaces in order to provide a reflective space in which a public so used to being psychologically bludgeoned into a consumerist daze can find some repsite from the relentless static of the modern world.
"Working in the situationist tradition, Montgomery continues to relentlessly hijack advertising spaces"
AnOther took time out with him at his current show at Hoxton's KK Outlet to discuss what the increasingly celebrated artist describes as the moral failure of capitalism, and find out why the British public place a far deeper emotional investment in modern art than the Daily Mail might have you believe.
It Turned Out This Way Cos You Dreamed It This Way is at KK Outlet, 42 Hoxton Square, until February 25.
Directed and produced by John-Paul Pryor
Film by Craig Thomas