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London-based Robert Montgomery’s “THE STARS PULLED DOWN FOR REAL” first northwest exhibition at ALL RISE

July 25 through September 5, 2015
Lighting and reception with the artist: Saturday, July 25, 8 – 10 p.m.
1250 Denny Way in downtown Seattle


Montgomery_StarsThe Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s year-long collaborative art collective ALL RISE will present new site-specific text and light works by Robert Montgomery from July 25 through September 5, on their campus at 1250 Denny Way in downtown Seattle, the site of the future Seattle City Light Denny Substation.

Robert Montgomery, a London-based artist, poet and interventionist, is known for ephemeral works that are intended to be experienced like the advertisements his medium critiques. Montgomery was the British artist for the 2012 Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India and has made billboard series for Berlin, London, Paris and Los Angeles.

This installation is his first in the Northwest, organized by ALL RISE as an associated off-site project of the Seattle Art Fair (July 30-Aug. 2). Montgomery will light the project for the first time on Saturday, July 25 at 8 p.m. at the ALL RISE site, at 1250 Denny Way. No RSVP required. Montgomery’s project, “THE STARS PULLED DOWN FOR REAL” activates the 90,000 square-foot outdoor ALL RISE site with a series of six billboards installed on oversized plinths at Denny Way, a highly visible traffic route, and a 20’ x 24’ text/light work on scaffolding installed with the city as backdrop.

ALL RISE is commissioned with Seattle City Light 1% for Art funds and administered by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.


Born in Chapelhall Scotland, United Kingdom, Montgomery lives and works in London, United Kingdom. Robert Montgomery follows a tradition of conceptual art and stands out by bringing a poetic voice to the discourse of text art. Montgomery creates billboards, light pieces, woodcuts and watercolors. He was the British artist selected for Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012, the first biennale in India. Montgomery has had solo exhibitions at venues in Europe and in Asia, including major outdoor light installations on the site of the old US Air Force base at Tempelhof in Berlin with Neue Berliner Räume, and at the 2012 Kochi- Muziris Biennale in India. He has made billboard series for Berlin, London, Paris and Los Angeles and his work has been included in numerous exhibitions at venues including Galerie Nuke, Paris, FR; Galerie Analix, Geneva, CH; C24 Gallery, New York, US; and The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle- Gateshead, UK. The first monograph of his work was published by Distanz, Berlin in 2015.


Photo courtesy Jason Huff.