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VLM (Virginia Lee Montgomery) is an artist working between Texas and New York, primarily in video, performance, sound, and sculpture. She received her BFA from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and her MFA from Yale University in Sculpture in 2016. VLM deploys an idiosyncratic visual vocabulary of repeating gestures like drilling, dousing, or reaching and recursive symbols like circles, holes and spheres as she interrogates the complex relationship between physical and psychic structures.
VLM also works as a professional mind-map scribe, a Graphic Facilitator. Recent exhibitions include: “SKY LOOP,” Lawndale Art Center, TX (2020), “SCREENS SERIES: VLM,” New Museum, NY (2019), “HONEY MOON,” Midnight Moment, Times Square Arts, NY (2019); “PONY COCOON,” False Flag, NY (2019); “The Socrates Annual,” Socrates Sculpture Park, NY (2018); “CRASH TEST: The Molecular Turn,” La Panacée-MoCo, Montpellier, France (2018); “An unbound knot in the wind,” CCS Bard, Hessel Museum of Art, NY (2018); “Material Deviance,” SculptureCenter, NY (2017); and “The Particle Accelerator Memorial Project,” Physics Department, Yale University, CT (2015).
[…] VLM is a Houston, Texas native where she has been quarantining since the onset of the COVID19 pandemic. Ordinarily she is an artist in constant motion, moving around the country and being “perpetually flexible” when it comes to making artwork. VLM misses traveling. As someone accustomed to living out of a suitcase, she finds the practice of settling in – hanging her clothing in a closet, for example – somewhat unsettling. While Texas was slow to be hit with the pandemic, when VLM spoke to us the state was reeling with a peak in illness. During all this, she continues to return to the studio where she is preparing a new video and a new series of sculptures to exhibit in the autumn in NYC. The working title for the show is Dream Cocoon. The film features luna moths she has been raising as well as sculptures rendered in marble that she calls marble ponytails. To hear more about her upcoming work and more, including what compels her to work with marble, listen to the complete interview. […]