Exhibition: THE SOCRATES ANNUAL, 2018
SWORD IN THE SPHINX & CUT COPY SPHINX,
SWORD IN THE SPHINX:
Steel, resin, concrete, enamel paint
42 x 14 x 48 inches
Virginia Lee Montgomery presents SWORD IN THE SPHINX, a resin-cast copy of a popular garden sculpture of Madame de Pompadour, a member of the 18th century French court, embedded with an artist-smithed sword. A companion video, CUT COPY SPHINX, viewable below expands on the piece’s themes of myth, reproduction, destruction, power, and ambiguity.
CUT COPY SPHINX:
4K digital video, 3 minutes 30 seconds, 2018
CUT COPY SPHINX is a surreal, sculptural short art-film about metaphysics, myth, and destruction. A feminist twist on the classical myth of Oedipus and the Sphinx, CUT COPY SPHINX recasts the sphinx as the uncanny hero who endures 'cuts' across time. Shot en plein aire on a miniature prop-set with real materials like a Dewalt drill, a gallon of honey, and imagery of an often-copied 18th century garden sphinx, CUT COPY SPHINX is a conceptual art-film syncing philosophy, feminism, and image theory. The film is hand-made; directed, edited, scored, and performed by Texas / New York artist, Virginia Lee Montgomery.
Virginia Lee Montgomery (b. Houston, TX in 1986; works in Texas and New York) received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and MFA from Yale University in 2016. She is a hybrid artist and works primarily with video, performance, sound, and sculpture. Her artwork is latently autobiographical and surreal, often with a feminist impulse.
Montgomery’s works have been presented in solo shows at Plymouth Rock, Zürich, Switzerland (2017), MEYOHAS, New York, NY (2016), and Texas Natural Sciences Museum, Austin, TX (2008). Her works have also been exhibited in group shows throughout the country and internationally such as AN UNBOUND KNOT IN THE WIND, Hessel Museum of Art, Hudson, NY (2018), In Practice: Material Deviance, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY (2017), and BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS, Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph, Canada (2016), among others.
Photography by Virginia Lee Montgomery
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