It's Like I Never Wrote a Poem
by Nathaniel Hitchcock
Arts Roxbury, Roxbury, NY
Hugo Montoya (b. 1975) is a Bolivian-American artist living and working between Mexico City and the Catskills, New York. His friend and colleague, Miami-based artist Domingo Castillo, recently described Montoya’s sculptural constructions composed entirely of found objects as poetry in its own right. Montoya’s work, while not text-based, maintains a distinct, yet open visual syntax. He employs combinations, stacks and conjoinings to draw meaning out of commonly discarded artifacts of contemporary culture.
finds a rhythm in the detritus of forgotten or out of
fashion design. The commonalities in their forms and
dimensions, which he addresses through chimerical
constructions, are fitted together with an uncanny humor.
The material and the most obvious theme within Montoya’s
practice is precarity. The objects he uses are rarely
altered (if at all, as in his most recent works); the
connections that hold them are shaky at best. Stacking is
his most common strategy, with gravity the only force
holding them together. The works appear causally: if someone
were to walk into the gallery just after a piece had toppled
over, they might not recognize that an artwork had been
present in the space to begin with.
a Bolivian-American artist based between Mexico City and
the Catskills, New York. His work has been the subject of
solo exhibitions at Emerson Dorsch, Miami; Big Pictures,
Los Angeles; Guccivuitton, Miami; and David Castillo
Gallery, Miami. His works have been included in group
exhibitions at Good Weather Gallery/Parque, Mexico
City; the ICA, Miami; and David Castillo Gallery, Miami.
His work has been exhibited at Material Art Fair, Mexico
City; and UNTITLED Miami Beach.