USM Libraries and the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts invite you to attend an Artist Talk featuring photographer Jack Montgomery on the 4th Floor of Glickman Library, Thursday, December 5th from 6pm - 8pm.
“You Are The Art”
In these photographs I have not set out to make art but rather to observe it. Each of the subjects in these images is in the process of remaking the most important art object of their lives — themselves. They are each, to varying degrees, mindful of how they will manifest their concept of self into an expression to share with the world. Thus, each image represents a performance in costume designed to communicate to the viewer (and to reinforce to themselves) the physical manifestation of the person beneath the skin and clothing. Whether it is my granddaughter Rosemary spreading her Owlet wings or the leather clad sailor boy or Zeraph wearing chain mail gloves, we are seeing them in the midst of creation of a persona. As with all art, it is our task to observe, ponder and seek to appreciate the meaning of the art before us. And to do so in a spirit of respect and appreciation, for all art is a gift from the creator to the observer.
I often say to my subjects “I am your mirror”. These are the reflections I see.
Jack Montgomery's work can be viewed in the exhibition Appearances, on display in Glickman Library's 5th floor gallery from November 14th, 2019 to January 27th, 2020.