Annin Arts presents Linda Mary Montano (b.1942) who will exhibit on Billboard 8171, London Bridge for two years.
Montano is primarily a performance artist, her practice includes works of art that are manifested over long periods of time, sometimes years. In early works such as ‘Handcuff’ 1973, Montano was handcuffed to artist Tom Marioni for 3 days, a theme she would later revisit.
‘Mitchells Death’ 1977, led Montano to explore the healing abilities of art. The passing of Mitchell (Montano’s husband) was followed by deeply spiritual works such as ‘Dad Art’ 1998, where Montano documented caring for her unwell father.
Montano further explored proximity, physicality and endurance in the work ‘Rope piece’. Tethered by a length of 8 feet rope to fellow artist Teching Hsieh for one year (July 4th 1983 - July 3rd 1984). The artists were bound 24hrs a day with removal of the rope and physical contact not permitted.
One of Montano’s best known works is ‘Seven Years of Living Art’ 1994 - 2001, a performance piece focused on the energies and attributes of the seven chakras. Montano wore one colour of clothing each year, spent a portion of her day in a coloured room and listened to designated tones corresponding to the energetic qualities of each specific chakra. In addition to this she limited herself to the creation of one drawing each year and applied a strict economy to where she went and how she spoke.
‘When I drew, the limitation brought an intensity to that drawing, I was so excited to do one drawing’ Linda Mary Montano.
In keeping with these themes of healing, spirituality and endurance, Montano shall exhibit a series of new works on Billboard 8171 from 03/03/19 through 05/01/2021.