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David Montano

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This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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An artist who works primarily in mixed-media collages and painting, David Montano has created a quiet, experiential installation. He covered the walls with red crayon scribbles and then overlaid an opaque veil of dripping white paint. A fan gently blows through the space and onto three large swatches of white fabric, affixed to the ceiling and trailing in wedding-like trains along the floor, while music plays from the elevated speaker. Here the experience is one of ephemerality and perhaps even quietly contained chaos: a bubbling apocalypse just beneath the surface, held at bay by the calmness of wind, the soothing upbeat music, and the gently swaying cloths.

Curated by Heather Pesanti

An artist who works primarily in mixed-media collages and painting, David Montano has created a quiet, experiential installation. He covered the walls with red crayon scribbles and then overlaid an opaque veil of dripping white paint. A fan gently blows through the space and onto three large swatches of white fabric, affixed to the ceiling and trailing in wedding-like trains along the floor, while music plays from the elevated speaker. Here the experience is one of ephemerality and perhaps even quietly contained chaos: a bubbling apocalypse just beneath the surface, held at bay by the calmness of wind, the soothing upbeat music, and the gently swaying cloths.

Curated by Heather Pesanti

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