Shrouded Histories, New Narratives: Photography by Ben Montague
Exhibition Dates: September 13 - October 15, 2016
Opening Reception: September 15, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
The NAU Art Museum's exhibition of photographs by Ben
Montague comprises three distinct series -- Constructs,
Insects, and Militainment. The first, Constructs,
recombines cast-off industrial materials into anthropomorphic, steam-punk
assemblages far removed from our high-tech present. Insects employs shifts in scale to create terrifying images of
creatures trapped in amber. Deployed in grids, they suggest scientific
taxonomies, but hung in different clusters, they evoke swarms. This tension
between discipline and chaos applies, as well, to the battle images of Militainment, in which order collapses
into a photomachy, a battle between
light and darkness. Together, the three series construct a post-apocalyptic
world of objects and actors that are almost, but not quite, identifiable.
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