The Untied States of America Featured Project

Jayve John Montgomery

With the ever-increasing ability to be anywhere and everywhere else, now remains an elusive destination. Reconciling the past with the future, JayVe Montgomery’s work is time traveling to the pre(-)sent the gift of now. His work reveals his adherence to improvisation and chance as a way to explore evolutionary learning and unintended subjective meaning through random being.

Biographical profile.
Of Jamaican and Louisiana Creole descent, Montgomery was born at Ft. Hood, Texas on the last day of 1979 and raised a dependent of the department of defense in Berlin, Germany, before and after the wall; Rayne, Louisiana, before the frogs left; Columbia, SC, home of the Confederate flag; and Ft. Campbell, KY, home of the 101st Airborne Division. Montgomery received a double BA in Japanese Studies and Anthropology from Centre College of KY and has also studied sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is Senior Program Specialist for the Chicago Park District’s Inferno Mobile Recording Studio, a hip hop revitalization program. He is also a curator and artist-in-residence at Brown Rice, an art space for listening in Chicago, IL.

improvised black being on transparency

these improvised gestures are the result of a an experiment with fiber, ink, film, and no mindedness.
fiber- kami, the dreadlocks on my head.
ink- sumi, japanese black earth.
film- wet media dura-lar, cut to fit into a 35mm slide mount.
being and doing with these tools has resulted in calligraphic portraits that affirm my belief in the beauty of the uncertainty of improvisation. each slide serves as an analog plate in my digital design work for fabric, paper, and video.
numbers correspond to slide order in the improvised black being on transparency series.
initially conceived for the hyde park art center's projection facade, the piece proposal was overlooked/lost in a pile of mail by the art center for Pathways to Unknown Worlds: Sun Ra, El Saturn & Chicago’s Afro-Futurist Underground, 1954–1968 and later acknowledged and accepted by the hyde park art center, too late and without funds.

These sumi inkings were created by hair in front of the art institute of Chicago as a diversion to playing mbira during my self-imposed residency as a street performer spring 2008.
4"x4" coldpress watercolor paper.

The aim of the Phantom is to examine changes in current curatorial production and to develop innovative displays in relation to these physical or virtual spaces, and to provide opportunities for experimental, installation and conceptual arts. This installation will present video interviews and media, presenting artist speaking about their art. Time art presentations include readings of written artists statements, poetry, and creative musician presenting responses.


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