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Artist Virginia Lee Montgomery

Virginia Lee Montgomery

Austin, TX, USA


American,   —   VLM (b. Houston, Texas, USA) is a polymath and multi-media artist. 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 explores feminist metaphysics. It is surreal, sensorial, and symbolic. It shifts in subject matter from ponytails to particle accelerators, to syrups, stones, moths and machines as VLM deploys an idiosyncratic visual vocabulary of repeating gestures like drilling, dousing, or reaching and recursive symbols like circles, holes and spheres. Her diverse artistic movements interrogate the complex relationship between physical and psychic structures. VLM also works outside the "art world" as a visual scribe, a Graphic Facilitator, a career for which she travels the country to diagram the development of ideas at group meetings, innovation events, and corporate conferences. In her work as a fine artist, VLM turns this professional skill-set, which she describes as “mind map scribing,” inwards, to render the contours of her own subconscious and the logic of her own dreams and memories. Collectively, VLM's symbols, forms, and gestures rupture material surfaces, opening up portals to unknown psychic ends... VLM has had solo shows with New Museum (NY), Times Square Arts (NY), Museum Folkwang (Germany), Wright Lab at Yale University (CT), The Lawndale Art Center (TX), False Flag (NY), and Hesse Flatow (NY). She has also exhibited in group exhibitions at institutions including SculptureCenter (NY), La Panacée-MoCo (France), The Hessel Museum at Bard College (NY), The Banff Centre (Canada), Socrates Sculpture Park (NY), The Menil Collection (TX), and Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Denmark), among others... SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS • DREAM COCOON, Hesse Flatow NY (2020). • SKY LOOP, Lawndale Art Center, TX (2020). • SCREENS SERIES: VLM, New Museum, NY (2019). • HONEY MOON, Midnight Moment, Times Square Arts, NY (2019). • PONY COCOON, False Flag, NY (2019). • THE PONY HOTEL, Museum Folkwang, Germany (2019). • PARTICLE ACCELERATOR PROJECT, Yale Physics, CT (2018). SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS • WITCH HUNT , Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark (2020-2021). • SOCRATES ANNUAL, Socrates Sculpture Park, NY (2018-2019). • An unbound knot in the wind, Hessel Museum of Art, NY (2018). • CRASH TEST: The Molecular Turn, La Panacée, France (2018). • OPEN MIND: Selva Aparicio & VLM, CRUSH, NY (2018). • MATERIAL DEVIANCE , SculptureCenter, NY (2017).

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