Everything Underlying: Work from DNA and Evolve Series
September 16, 2017 - October 29, 2017
I have worked with themes exploring the relationship of man and nature for the past 15 years. My current bodies of work, the DNA series, and Evolve series, speak to issues of environmental concern, such as global warming and genetic food modification. In the DNA series I use DNA sequences as a base layer to provide both visual patterning and symbolic reference. The images layered on top of the code offer an open narrative. The paintings and constructions are built on visual and symbolic associations, and the obscuring, deconstructing, and preserving of images in wax helps me to address a complex and shifting relationship between man, his biological roots, and the shaping of our natural environment. The Evolve series departs from the more cognitive aspects of my work and employs the organic and playful nature of wax to render dramatic, mysterious, and meditative landscapes. When put together, these landscapes reflect a sequence of change, and with this change, a feeling that can range from haunting to hopeful. With the intuitive vision presented in these paintings I seek to express the grandeur and fragility of the natural world. Some of my current work combines the Evolve landscapes with DNA text suggesting a dubious relationship between humanity and the environment - systems that are continually in flux as they create, destroy and reassert themselves.
Pride of Plainfield
July 29, 2017 - October 29, 2017
The Aidron Duckworth Art Museum is thrilled to announce the opening of "pride of Plainfield", a community exhibition celebrating local agriculture in Plainfield, NH. Fruits, vegetables, berries, flowers, Christmas trees, cheeses, smoked meats, beef, maple syrup, milk, and honey can be found within the 53 square miles that make up this picturesque town. This exhibit aims to showcase the bounty of exceptional local produce, products, and the families that work to feed the Upper Valley and beyond.
This exhibition includes Edgewater Farm, McNamara Dairy, Riverview Farm, Hall Apiaries, Taylor Brothers Farm, Garfield's Smokehouse, and Noda Farm. Along with photographs and articles, this exhibition features audio from interviews with many of Plainfield's farmers which was collected and edited by Allan Reetz in collaboration with the museum.
David Raymond of Art New England has written, “Montenegro’s work is in a gritty meditation on the function of art as a mediation between what is felt and what is arranged. Art, even the most emotionally driven, establishes and structures visibility. This structuring in figurative imaging can trigger conditions of recognition of who and what human beings are.” flatmensquared work be on exhibit through Oct. 29th.