What do you think about Robert Montgomery’s poem billboards?

Robert Montgomery - The People you love become ghosts inside of you and like this you keep them alive, De La Warr Pavilion, Sussex, England, 2010
Robert Montgomery – The People you love become ghosts inside of you and like this you keep them alive, De La Warr Pavilion, Sussex, England, 2010

About Robert Montgomery

Scottish/British Robert Montgomery is the associate publisher of Dazed & Confused and also a conceptual artist. He shows his poetry in public space, similar to ads. Montgomery’s billboards are poetic pieces of text and always use the strong contrasts of white letters on a black background. He captures spots that are usually occupied by advertising, trying to create a surprising artistic situation.

In his own words

“They know its not advertising, and its not graffiti either and they do not need an art history knowledge to read it. I’m super-interested in the ordinary person at the bus stop getting on the bus to their job everyday and suddenly seeing this weird text. I’m interested in reaching those people. They are my primary audience.”

Photos: Installations in Berlin, 2012

Robert Montgomery - Echoes of voices in the high towers all wounds explained here all knives bandaged all empires arrested all castles unbuilt all hearts unbroken, 2012, Berlin, Germany
Robert Montgomery – Echoes of voices in the high towers all wounds explained here all knives bandaged all empires arrested all castles unbuilt all hearts unbroken, 2012, Berlin, Germany

Robert Montgomery - All our splendid monuments, 2012, Berlin, Germany
Robert Montgomery – All our splendid monuments, 2012, Berlin, Germany


Robert Montgomery – Echoes of voices, 2012, Berlin, Germany

Robert Montgomery – All Our Splendid Monuments, 2012, Berlin, Germany
Robert Montgomery – All Our Splendid Monuments, 2012, Berlin, Germany

Robert Montgomery - Installation at Tempelhof airport, Berlin
Robert Montgomery – Installation at Tempelhof airport, Berlin
Photo: David/withberlinlove.com

Robert Montgomery - Installation at Tempelhof airport, Berlin
Robert Montgomery – Installation at Tempelhof airport, Berlin
Photo: David/withberlinlove.com

Photos: Other installations

Robert Montgomery - Poem for the City of Istanbul, 2011
Robert Montgomery – Poem for the City of Istanbul, 2011

Robert Montgomery - Great Fosters Fire Poem, Great Fosters, Surrey, England, 2013
Robert Montgomery – Great Fosters Fire Poem, Great Fosters, Surrey, England, 2013

Robert Montgomery - Great Fosters Fire Poem, Great Fosters, Surrey, England, 2013
Robert Montgomery – Great Fosters Fire Poem, Great Fosters, Surrey, England, 2013

Robert Montgomery - Whenever You See The Sun, Hamish McAlpine and Carole Siller’s garden Broadstairs, Kent, England, 2010
Robert Montgomery – Whenever You See The Sun, Hamish McAlpine and Carole Siller’s garden Broadstairs, Kent, England, 2010

Robert Montgomery – All Palaces Are Temporary Places, Docks Art Fair Lyon, 2011
Robert Montgomery – All Palaces Are Temporary Places, Docks Art Fair Lyon, 2011

Robert Montgomery - The City in Their Echo, 2018, Aspen Art Museum, photo Tony Prikryl
Robert Montgomery – The City in Their Echo, 2018, Aspen Art Museum
Photo: Tony Prikryl/aspenartmuseum.org

Robert Montgomery - Leogang Poem, Austrian Alps, 2015, The Mountains Must Have Imagined The City
Robert Montgomery – Leogang Poem, Austrian Alps, 2015, The Mountains Must Have Imagined The City

Robert Montgomery - Squares and squares of flame with memory inside them remembering the map under the flood water twist up the heartsongs of the dead into empty stadiums and all the stars pulled down now for real, Seattle, 2015
Robert Montgomery – Squares and squares of flame with memory inside them remembering the map under the flood water twist up the heartsongs of the dead into empty stadiums and all the stars pulled down now for real, Seattle, 2015

Photos: Biennale di Kochi-Muziris, India, 2012

For India’s first festival of international contemporary art, the Kochi Muziris-Biennale 2012, Robert Montgomery created a poem about exile in light on the sea-facing façade of Aspinwall House which he describes as Fado music in reverse.

Robert Montgomery – The Strange New Music, Fado music in reverse, Biennale di Kochi-Muziris 2012
Robert Montgomery – The Strange New Music, Fado music in reverse, Biennale di Kochi-Muziris 2012

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Robert MontgomeryFado music in reverse, Biennale di Kochi-Muziris 2012

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Robert MontgomeryFado music in reverse, Biennale di Kochi-Muziris 2012

All images by Robert Montgomery/robertmontgomery.org unless otherwise noted.

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