On View / Serious absurdity at Anna Kaplan Contemporary
In recent years, always-intriguing Julian Montague has devoted much of his artistic practice to the production of posters and faux books that advertise fictional topics and nonexistent projects. These cerebrally amusing and graphically severe objects are now the topic of a solo exhibition at Anna Kaplan Contemporary. Montague’s been leaking some of them out via his enormously popular Instagram feed; it will be interesting to see a large group (eighty) all in one place. Though there are select appropriations from the real world, most of the eighty are pure inventions.
Montague’s graphic style owes much to mid-century Modernist conventions; it is clean, purist, largely emotionless. There is also a strain of scientific documentation to much of the work, as in Newfane Collective. There’s also a sly humor. (What kind of collective would Newfane have?) Viewers are welcome to imagine exactly what type of exhibitions or happenings these posters (and other printed matter) might be advertising; it’s kind of fun.
Julian Montague: Fictions is on view at Anna Kaplan Contemporary, 1250 Niagara Street, November 17–December 16, with an opening reception November 17, 6–9 p.m. An artist talk takes place at the gallery on Thursday, November 30, 6 p.m.