Peter Blum is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Joseph Montgomery entitled Doll Index at 20 West 57th Street, New York. There will be an opening reception on Friday, October 24th, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition runs through December 6th.
Doll Index is a new body of work representing Joseph Montgomery’s continuing exploration of the shim - a tapered wedge of material typically used to fill gaps or spaces between objects to influence their levelness. The exhibition includes monumental wall pieces in lacquered MDF, compositions of cardboard sprayed with plaster, and layered assemblages. Recently, Montgomery has rearranged the repeated shim form into the representation of a figure.
Difference, repetition, and representation inform Montgomery’s image making labors and build the architecture of this exhibition. This framework is supported by the artist’s system of titling each work as “Image” followed by the sequential number at which he completes the object—reinforcing not only the assembly of disparate fragments into compositions, but also the discord between the materiality of paintings and the immateriality of their dissemination.
A concurrent exhibition Joseph Montgomery, Heads, Calves will be on view at Laurel Gitlen, NY.
Joseph Montgomery was born in 1979 in Northampton, Massachusetts and lives and works in New York, NY. Montgomery received his BA from Yale University and his MFA from Hunter College. Recent solo exhibitions include Five Sets, Five Reps at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA (2013); and Velveteen at Laurel Gitlen, New York, NY (2012). Group exhibitions include: OK Great Thanks This Is So Ridiculous, ACME, Los Angeles, CA (2014); Painter Painter, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, (2013); Curating the Contemporary: Joseph Montgomery and Ned Vena, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel Switzerland, organized by Kathrin Beer and Samuel Leuenberger; Into the Surface, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy (2012); and The 2011 Bridgehampton Biennale, curated by Bob Nickas.