Join us for the public opening of Troy Montes-Michie: Rock of Eye, the artist’s first museum solo exhibition at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH).
Born in El Paso, Texas, Montes-Michie’s practice reflects his experience growing up along the United States and Mexico border. His solo exhibition, Troy Montes-Michie: Rock of Eye, is presented in tandem with the artist’s monograph, Rock of Eye, and brings together collages, drawings, sculptures, and installations that draw the contours of body and place. It begins with, and departs from, his past assemblages and collages that center magazine images of the Black male body and trace the social history and form of the zoot suit. In the book and in CAMH’s galleries, repurposed images lead from figure to ground—occupying an ambiguous space between portraiture and landscape—and reveal common threads between borderland subjectivity and geography.
About the Artist
Through assemblage and juxtaposition, Troy Montes-Michie (b. 1985) engages black consciousness, Latinx experience, immigration and queerness. Utilizing textiles, garments and archival paper, from newsprint to pornography, Montes-Michie subverts dominant narratives by placing past and present in confrontation. Through his use of contrast patterning, a technique of camouflage, Montes-Michie investigates the ways in which bodies of marginalized communities are frequently erased and fetishized. Montes-Michie holds a BFA from the University of Texas at El Paso and an MFA from Yale School of Art. His works have recently been included in exhibitions at the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU (Richmond), The MAC (Belfast), The Shed (New York), The Whitney Museum of American Art, and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. He is currently a Lecturer of Visual Arts in Program at Princeton University.
Image caption: Troy Montes-Michie, Out of Sight, Out of Mind (detail), 2018. Magazine pages, inkjet prints, clothing patterns, fabric, graphite, acrylic, colored pencil, and tape, 62 x 52 inches. Collection of Noel E.D. Kirnon.