Scottish-born and London-based poet, artist and sculptor, Robert Montgomery, and poet/urban explorer, Niall McDevitt will be leading a walking tour of the artist's latest project done in collaboration with creative agency, Jack. The latest iteration of the Your Space Or Mine initiative is a major takeover by Montgomery using billboard sites across East London from Saturday, the 7th of October to Sunday, the 8th of October.
Since his first billboard takeovers in Shoreditch back in 2004, the artist has gone on to international recognition. But now he is coming back to his "roots" with a new series of giant graphic poems. The site-specific works for five major locations, respond to these spaces with boldly provocative, almost optimistic texts, covering themes which include Modernism, racial and gender equality, immigration, love and hope, as well as strong statements against Donald Trump's denial of climate change. The works will be featured on Jack’s sites at Commercial Street, Curtain Road, Old Street, Broadway Market and Ebor Street in London. —Sasha Bogojev
Click here to read our interview with Robert Montgomery.
"I started doing billboard works in Shoreditch in 2004 as my own protest against the Iraq War, and doing billboards in Shoreditch formed the backbone of my work throughout the 2000s. I no longer live in the neighbourhood, it's too expensive for artists now, but being invited back by Jack is thrilling as I'm getting to take over whole streets where I used to live. It's letting me work across multiple billboards and look at each street as a giant graphic poem and experiment much more with the visual aspects of the work. I'm thinking of them as concrete poems really with the billboard as the page and pushing the graphic elements more than I've been able to before.” —Robert Montgomery