Lot 49: Julian Montague

2016 CEPA Gallery Biennial Art Auction, Julian Montague

Great Blue Heron / Attempt 5 of 5
Archival Pigment Print
13 x 18 inches
Signed Verso
Edition of 10 + 2 AP
Bird Photography (Attempts) Series

BIO: Julian Montague is an artist and graphic designer who utilizes language, drawing, photography, and other media to explore the peripheral features of our environment. His first major body of work was published as a book, The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification (Abrams) in 2006. He has participated in solo shows and art fairs across the United States and Europe and his work has received attention from Art in America, Dwell, Frieze, The New York Times, Vogue Italia, BBC World Service, among many others. He has work in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Norton Museum of Art, Martin Z. Margulies and The Progressive Insurance Company. Julian Montague is represented by BT&C Gallery in Buffalo. www.montagueprojects.com

STATEMENT: Bird Photography (Attempts) is a long-term project that I started in 2004 after noticing a number of failed photographs of birds among the casual snap shots I had taken as a teenager. The impulse to capture the natural encounter had overridden the knowledge that the bird would most likely appear only as a speck in the frame of the photograph. I decided to continue this accidental project and started photographing birds without a telephoto lens or any other specialist equipment. I noted the number of attempts (shots) made in the effort to document the bird. In some of the photographs I am observing the birds from a great distance, in others, the bird sees me and is reacting to my presence. The series has become both an attempt to document the fleeting quality of wildlife encounters and an exploration of the persistent desire (in myself and others) to take possession of animals through documentation.

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