The Quicksilver Mine Co.
© Sonoma's Own
and other forgotten oddities
Well known for his nostalgic "vintage collectible" assemblage sculpture, Monty's more recent work evolved in edgier directions as he prepared for this show.
Pondering the idea of making toy-like objects for children, "I realized that childhood is really a very scary time, full of confusing issues, risks and dangers. There is also a dangerous innocence in the way children play, behavior that becomes much less innocent as we grow into adulthood. Ecological disasters like Katrina and the Gulf oil spill; weapons of mass destruction; wars being waged around the world—the "toys" we create as adults are doing damage to us, to our environment, and to the world."
As his sculpture evolved, his childhood memories of matchbox cars, guitars and baseballs began to commingle with thoughts about the way people work and play in the world as adults, ideas which manifest themselves in many of the pieces in this exhibition—BP Under Glass, Forkball, and Life's Ladder—"Dangerous toys indeed!" says the artist.
Monty Monty's sculpture is in numerous public collections, including the Sonoma County Museum and Santa Rosa Junior College Frank P. Doyle Library; private collectors include Dana Gioia, former Chairman of the NEA; sculptor Fletcher C. Benton; and screenwriter Pamela Gray.
His work is currently part of a regional traveling exhibit, "Some Assembly Required," which originated at the UC Santa Cruz Sesnon Gallery and continues at the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum through September 12th.
In addition to Quicksilver, recent gallery affiliations include the Ira Wolk Gallery in St. Helena; Art at the Cheese Factory in Marin County; the Sebastopol and the Petaluma Centers for the Arts, Quercia Gallery and Graton Gallery, all in Sonoma County.
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Artist Reception for Dangerous Toys and other forgotten oddities will be held on Saturday, October 2nd from 4—6pm.
Quicksilver will also present "M & Ms in the Gallery: Tall Tales and Short Stories with Monty" on Thursday evening, October 21st beginning at 7pm.
"Monty's work presents such a sense of vitality, ingenuity and warmth. He is fortunate to have a unique vision and talent. His love for beautiful old things, respect for values past, a sense of civility when one's word means everything, and performing beyond his commitments describes who he is. He has earned my respect and admiration. I love his work as do all our staff."
Ira Wolk Gallery, St. Helena