Lives and works in Buffalo, NY
Julian Montague’s series of installations, Secondary Occupants/Collected and Observed is an entry point into the world of a person obsessed. Although initially inspired by field and nature guides, this work is not a straightforward guide to exploring overlooked realities. It is a view into the world of someone—not the artist, but someone that he has perhaps stumbled upon. While coming from an intense background in graphic design, Montague doesn’t allow his work to be limited to the two-dimensional plane; rather, one finds him creating something between a diagram and a mental play-space. Finding the locations of the inhabitants of a home—not Dick, Jane, and Spot, but spider, rodent, and bird—is his starting point; the central feature of the installation is a floor plan locating the peripheral architectural spaces in which these residents exist. The plan is built out to become an exploded diagram of an infestation.
On view at the Burchfield Penney Art Center
To hear the artist’s audio statement, click the audio player below: