THE NEXT BIG THING
Whitney Montgomery is most interested in creating large-scale satirical propaganda, taking inspiration from old magazines and archived advertisements. Whitney reflects on current social and political happenings through the lenses of past decades, highlighting both the novel and archaic absurdities within contemporary ideologies. In many pieces, Whitney embraces an ironic tone to undermine what he sees as toxic beliefs, which he emphasizes by appropriating their logic and pushing it to the extreme.
Whitney is also interested in using cinema as a reference within his practice, playing with images that resemble film posters and title sequences as a template to explore narrative and metaphor. He embraces the absurdity of painting a film still, and he creates a unique aesthetic by juxtaposing nostalgic advertising iconography with the beauty of cinematic imagery. Whitney’s paintings offer a new aesthetic to ponder the influence of American ideology in the contemporary.