Robert Montgomery’s video manifesto against the digital is New Pavilion’s inaugural NFT art project.

Robert Montgomery. YOU ARE AN AGENT OF THE FREE SUN courtesy of the artist and the Nouveau Pavillon

The inaugural project of New Pavilion, an exclusive NFT release by renowned contemporary artist Robert Montgomery. YOU ARE AN AGENT OF THE FREE SUN is a hard-hitting critique of today’s digital world. On view at the Danysz Gallery Paris as part of a personal exhibition entitled Recovery Paradise. This video piece, which uses the artist’s signature poetic prose, will be offered in 100 NFT on KnownOrigin, January 28, 2022.

“The founder of New Pavilion, Kingston Trinder, is a curator and publisher that I know and trust. He organized a series of my billboards in Los Angeles in 2014. I work with New Pavilion because the platform is committed to developing and publishing NFT artworks that are works of art in the broadest sense – part of the larger discourse of contemporary art and that resonate both within and beyond the NFT market and have a strong footprint in the art world.

–Robert Montgomery, artist

By critiquing the very medium on which the work is hosted, Montgomery explores the existential sphere of the digital world we have created. It examines how communication and digital devices have become the managers of our time; follows how our own biographies are now reflected to us in the advertising media (“social media”) and asks what this means for issues of intellectual and emotional freedom and our connection to the natural world.

YOU ARE AN AGENT OF THE FREE SUN refers to our addiction to smartphones

“Like a witch’s cat, this is your main familiar, a small lighted window with a fire from within and a small box of ghosts, exactly tailor-made for you.”

Defining our reality, this digital space has the ability to analyze and track humanity, more pervasive than at any time in our history. Montgomery notes our resistance to all barriers to our screens, how the digital world works at odds with nature, “you get annoyed when the sunlight kills it”. The prose spirals and zigzags, crashes and disintegrates into the darkness, in the poetic closing sentences the artist invites viewers to leave their screens and realize the magic of the natural world.

Montgomery’s work joins a group of acclaimed artists producing exclusive one-of-a-kind NFT artworks hosted on knownorigin.io will be released on January 28, 2022 at 8:00 PM UTC and will be available for purchase.

New Pavilion features beautifully executed and conceptually appealing NFTs from famous artists, estates and institutes around the world. We are extremely pleased to announce British conceptual artist and poet Robert Montgomery’s NFT work, YOU ARE AN AGENT OF FREE SUNLIGHT as our inaugural project, and to collaborate with Danysz Gallery and KnownOrigin to publish Montgomery’s evocative questioning on our new digital landscapes, and our individual freedom within increasingly invasive technologies. Montgomery’s Salvage Paradise establishes the aesthetic and design vision for New Pavilion, aligning deeply with our additional NFT projects released by iconic creators and estates in 2022.”

–Kingston Trinder, co-founder of New Pavilion

About the artist

Robert Montgomery (b. 1972, Scotland) is a British contemporary artist well known for his work in public space and his guerrilla poems. He creates display poems, luminous works, fire poems, woodcuts, paintings and watercolors. His work brings the art of text closer to the language of poetry. He represented the UK at the Kochi Biennale in 2012 and the Yinchuan Biennale in 2016. His work is in museum collections around the world, including the Albright Knox in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts. Houston. He has had solo museum projects at the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado, Oklahoma Contemporary in Oklahoma City, and Cer Modern Museum in Ankara. His work is hugely popular on the internet, the piece ‘The People You Love Become Ghosts Inside You’ has been shared online over 20 million times. Montgomery has worked with low-energy LED lighting and solar energy since 2010 and was one of the official artists of ArtCOP21 (Paris 2015) and ArtCOP26 (Glasgow, 2021). robertmontgomery.org

About the new pavilion

New Pavilion is an innovative consultancy that develops authorized non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and digital artworks, in collaboration with some of the world’s most famous artist estates, contemporary creators, art foundations and cultural institutions.

New Pavilion enables employees to effectively use evolving digital architectures and technologies, with a focus on blockchain and non-fungible tokenization. And to facilitate the symbiotic participation of employees within these new transformational ecosystems.

New Pavilion transforms the works of iconic creators into Ethereum-based NFTs for acquisition by individual and institutional collectors, without technical complexity. Preserving the original visions of renowned creators while providing substantial new revenue opportunities and audience engagement, New Pavilion facilitates the evolution of material works into highly desirable digital assets.

*New Pavilion is developing numerous collaborations with contemporary artists, artist residencies and cultural institutions for 2022, aided by several strategic, cultural and technological partners and platforms. newpavilionart.com

known origin is an artist-driven digital art and NFT marketplace powered by Ethereum. knownorigin.io

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