Concurrent with Odom, Montgomery Perry Smith presents Milking, two new sculptures that focus on an otherworldly relic and the tools used to milk it. Smith’s work combines portions of domestic furniture and fixtures, decorative textiles, fake flowers, and miscellany from candy to incense in the creation of primarily wall mounted sculpture. His evocative forms are often orifice, portal, flower and reliquary at once, resulting in ‘creatures’ that hover between sci-fi beast, rare organic growths and sexual innuendo. His objects are simultaneously available for ‘contemplation’ and entrance – inviting the viewer into their intimate space through Smith’s seductive handling of familiar materials made strange.
Montgomery Perry Smith is a Chicago based sculpture artist. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. Since graduating, he has exhibited at numerous Chicago galleries, including Co-Prosperity Sphere, Harold Arts, LVL3 and Pawnworks. Smith’s most recent solo show was “Pit Worship” at Johalla Projects in 2010. Smith was named November 2009’s “Artist to Watch” by Chicago Artists’ Coalition and is one of the nine “Breakout Artists” of 2010 featured in Newcity.