Virginia Lee Montgomery SKYLOOP

January 18, 2020 – March 22, 2020 John M. O'Quinn Gallery

About the Exhibition

Inspired by Hurricane Harvey, which devastated Houston and the artist’s childhood neighborhood, SKYLOOP is an ambitious, multi-disciplinary project by Virginia Lee Montgomery. SKYLOOP introduces a new direction for Montgomery in her art, both conceptually and materially, and presents a rigorous and metaphysical analysis of Hurricane Harvey as told through a formal yet subconscious language of Houston-specific symbols. To make the film, Montgomery utilizes a combination of archival footage, footage shot of Hurricane Harvey as she weathered the storm with her mother, and footage shot from her studio and alongside the Buffalo Bayou.

About the Artist

VLM (b. 1986; Houston, TX, USA) is a filmmaker, sculptor, and facilitator. She received her BFA from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and her MFA from Yale University in Sculpture in 2016. Working across video, performance, sound, and sculpture, her artwork is a research practice of metaphysics. Its content is surreal, latently autobiographical, and often with a feminist impulse. The work is paradoxically cryptic and literal, conceptual and hand-built, digital and physical. While her artwork shifts in subject matter from syrups to storms to stones, VLM deploys an idiosyncratic visual vocabulary of repeating gestures like drilling, dousing, or reaching and recursive symbols like circles, spirals, spheres, and holes. Her movements interrogate the complex relationship between physical and psychic structures—revealing matters of being, knowing, identity, action, space, and time. VLM also works as a professional mind-map scribe, a Graphic Facilitator.