March 24 to April 3, 2021
Due to the current situation there will be no opening but the artistwill be at the gallery on
Saturday March 27 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Currently studying Fine Arts at Concordia University, Whitney Montgomery is most interested in creating large-scale satirical propaganda, taking inspiration from old magazines and archived advertisements. Whitney reflects on current social and political happenings through the lenses of past decades, highlighting both the novel and archaic absurdities within contemporary ideologies. In many pieces, Whitney embraces an ironic tone to undermine what he sees as toxic beliefs, which he emphasizes by appropriating their logic and pushing it to the extreme.
Whitney is also interested in using cinema as a reference within his practice, playing with images that resemble film posters and title sequences as a template to explore narrative and metaphor. He embraces the absurdity of painting a film still, and he creates a unique aesthetic by juxtaposing nostalgic advertising iconography with the beauty of cinematic imagery. Whitney’s paintings offer a new aesthetic to ponder the influence of American ideology in the contemporary.
Whitney Montgomery is currently in his last undergraduate semester at Concordia University, obtaining a BFA in Painting and Drawing. Whitney has shown work publicly since 2014 within numerous exhibitions including the Juried Art Salon, (Kingston Arts Council 2015), several solo and group exhibitions at Heather Haynes Gallery (Kingston Ontario 2014-2019), and most recently showing at the annual Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (2020). Since January 2021, Whitney has been the artist in residence at Gallery Luz where he has been producing work for the current exhibition.