“The People You Love Become Ghosts Inside Of You And Like This You Keep Them Alive”
Seems like a quite impressive statement, doesn’t it? This simple, striking and yet melancholic sentence is actually Robert Montgomery’s art work, which has been displayed on the beach of Casa dell’Arte Hotel in Torba, Bodrum since the beginning of May and it will catch the gaze of the people there throughout this summer. Casa Dell’Arte dedicates the summer of 2011 to the memory of the people we’ve loved, lost and kept alive inside our hearts. The beautiful text is inspired by the laconic idea that the people we truly love are actually never too far away from us, and since we keep them inside of us they’ll never die. Inside of us live a lot of souls. A smell, an image, a taste can suddenly take us away to someone in the past or maybe to a memory. Perhaps to our old lovers and maybe to the new ones. The people that we left behind are with us indeed. All summer long it will remind us that we never really lose the ones we have loved, and that just like the artwork itself, we shine as long as we love and we are being loved.
Personally when I first saw this work it reminded me of Placebo’s song Sleeping With Ghosts, and oddly enough it had the same striking effect on me as the song does.
As it has been previously displayed at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill in 2010 and presented at international fairs such as Scope Basel and New York throughout the year the artwork has already reached the eyes and the hearts of millions of people from around the world.
Besides being an artist, Robert Montgomery is also the associate publisher of Dazed&Confused magazine. Since 2005 he has carried out his WORDS IN THE CITY AT NIGHT project, an ongoing series of text pieces inspired by the Situationist concept of detournement which hijacks advertising space in the city, often illegally, and replaces the advertising with poetry. His poems connect with the traditions of concrete poetry, and Situationism. He makes billboard pieces, recycled sunlight pieces and drawings.
From Robert Montgomery’s poetic works;