Virginia Lee Montgomery

Virginia Lee Montgomery (b. 1986; Houston, TX, USA) is a filmmaker, sculptor, and facilitator. 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 is a material research practice of philosophical metaphysics. Its content is surreal, latently autobiographical, and often with a feminist impulse. The work is paradoxically cryptic and literal, conceptual and hand-built, digital and physical. VLM deploys an idiosyncratic visual vocabulary of repeating gestures like drilling, dousing, puncturing, or reaching and recursive symbols like circles, holes, spirals, or spheres. Her movements interrogate the complex relationship between physical and psychic structures. VLM also works as a professional mind-map scribe, a Graphic Facilitator.

VLM is a current 2019 member of CRIT GROUP at The Contemporary Austin and a 2019–2020 MRSEC Artist in Residence at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for Dynamics and Control of Materials. Recent exhibitions include: "Screens Series: Virginia Lee Montgomery," New Museum, NY (2019); "THE PONY HOTEL," Museum Folkwang, Germany (2019); “HONEY MOON,” Midnight Moment, Times Square Arts, NY (2019); “PONY COCOON,” False Flag, NY (2019); “The 2018–2019 Socrates Annual,” Socrates Sculpture Park, NY; The Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival, MI (2019), “CRASH TEST: The Molecular Turn,” La Panacée-MoCo, Montpellier, France (2018); “An unbound knot in the wind,” CSS Bard, Hessel Museum of Art, NY (2018); “OPEN MIND: Selva Aparicio and VLM,” CRUSH Curatorial, NY (2018); “Material Deviance,” SculptureCenter, NY (2017); and “The Particle Accelerator Memorial Project,” Wright Laboratory, Physics Department, Yale University, CT (2015). Upcoming exhibitions include: "SKY LOOP", Lawndale Art Center, TX (2020); "CYFEST12 International - Personal Identity", Russia (2019), and solo exhibition at CRUSH Curatorial, NY (2019). She has been awarded residencies at Socrates Sculpture Park, University of Texas' Center for Dynamics and Control of Materials, The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, Yale University's Wright Laboratory, Coast Time, The Shandaken Project at Storm King, and The Vermont Studio Center. VLM was a 2018–2019 Fellow at Socrates Sculpture Park (2018 - 2019), recipient of Yale University’s Susan H. Wedon Award (2016) and was a nominee in Sculpture for the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship (2016). Recent press includes Art in America, Hyperallergic, Artspace, Femme Art Review, and The Austin Chronicle.

Forthcoming exhibition: November 2019

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Exhibitions

Works:

Video:

CUT COPY SPHINX, 2018  4k digital video, 03:30   https://vimeo.com/292698265

CUT COPY SPHINX, 2018

4k digital video, 03:30

https://vimeo.com/292698265

WATER WITCHING, 2018  HD video, 07:06   vimeo.com/virginialeemontgomery/waterwitching

WATER WITCHING, 2018

HD video, 07:06

vimeo.com/virginialeemontgomery/waterwitching

PONY HOTEL, 2018  4k Film, 05:17   https://vimeo.com/265935218

PONY HOTEL, 2018

4k Film, 05:17

https://vimeo.com/265935218

BEYOND MEANS, 2017  HD video, 02:17   vimeo.com/virginialeemontgomery/beyondmeans

BEYOND MEANS, 2017

HD video, 02:17

vimeo.com/virginialeemontgomery/beyondmeans

PSYCHIC SCREAM, 2017  HD video, 1:22   https://vimeo.com/209327076

PSYCHIC SCREAM, 2017

HD video, 1:22

https://vimeo.com/209327076

ONSITE OFFSITE PARASITE, 2016  2-channel HD video, 08:14   https://vimeo.com/162151516

ONSITE OFFSITE PARASITE, 2016

2-channel HD video, 08:14

https://vimeo.com/162151516

INNOVATION PORTHOLE, 2015  HD video, 01;27   https://vimeo.com/111760735

INNOVATION PORTHOLE, 2015

HD video, 01;27

https://vimeo.com/111760735

ACTION MAPS THE BARDO, 2015  HD video, 02:27   https://vimeo.com/133173893

ACTION MAPS THE BARDO, 2015

HD video, 02:27

https://vimeo.com/133173893