Linda Mary Montano
Linda Mary Montano: 14 Years of Living Art is a 220-page portable book/archive on Montano and her endurance performance art during the period 1984 to 1998 and features Montano’s journal writings during the 14 years, 119 photos documenting this performance, 18 of her ecstatic tantric tales, 52 of her drawings, 13 essays and interviews, and, via Montano’s instructions, an Art/Life recipe for the reader to practice making life a work of art. Preview and purchase the book at www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1184522, the preview button located under the book cover image.
More information: Exploring and dissolving the boundaries between art and life, Linda Mary Montano, a pioneer feminist performance artist, investigates the art/life relationship through everyday activities, actions and communication as rite and ritual. She is interested in the way artistic ritual, staged as individual actions/interactions or collaborative workshops, can be used to alter her birth story and to create the opportunity for focus on spiritual energy states, silence and the cessation of art/life boundaries. Linda Mary Montano: 14 Years of Living Art documents Linda’s chakra explorations during 1984-1998. This 220-page portable book/archive published by C.X. Silver Gallery Press in Brattleboro, Vermont (cxsilvergallery.com/linda-montano), features Montano’s journal writings during the 14 years of her chakras performances, 18 of her ecstatic tantric tales, 52 of her drawings, 119 photo documents of this endurance, 13 essays/interviews, and via Montano’s instructions, an Art/Life recipe for the reader to practice making life a work of art. A seminal figure in contemporary feminist performance art and her work since the mid 1960s has been critical in the development of video by, for, and about women, Montano’s artwork is starkly autobiographical and often concerned with personal and spiritual transformation. Montano’s influence is wide ranging – she has been featured at museums including The New Museum in New York, MOCA San Francisco and the ICA in London. During her 14 Years endurance piece, each year focused on the energies and attributes of one of the seven chakras. At that time, she lived at The Art/Life Institute in Kingston, NY and now lives at The Art/Life Institute and Transfiguration Hospital in Saugerties, NY. During the first seven years of 14 Years of Living Art, Montano performed Art/Life Counseling with the public in a seven-year room-installation at The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York curated by Marcia Tucker. For Another 7 Years of Living Art, 1991-1998, Montano donated herself as a Living Sculpture to the United Nations/Chagall Chapel.
November 5th and 6th, 2016: Weekend Art/Life Retreat, Brattleboro, Vermont, in and near C.X.Silver Gallery, participatory/performance art, communal cooking lessons, workshops, training, conversation as Art, a weekend of activities with performance artists Linda Montano, Nye Ffarrabas, and Cai Xi. Linda Montano and Nye Ffarrabas have been exploring and dissolving the boundaries between art and life for six decades each. Cai’s art-life journey is now in its fifth decade (caixiart.com). Together they will be presenting art-life audience participation experiences along with Cai’s art-as-food-as-art. A schedule of activities will be coming soon to include food preparation and communal dining as a performance piece. Another group performance piece will be Tai Chi and Five Animal Qi Gong led by Cai. It was an Art / Life retreat weekend of activities with performance artists Linda Mary Montano, Nye Ffarrabas, and Cai Xi, Friday evening November 4th through Sunday midday November 6th, 2016 at the C.X. Silver Gallery, Brattleboro, VT with a visit to the Michael S. Currier Center at The Putney School. Linda Mary Montano and Nye Ffarrabas have been exploring and dissolving the boundaries between art and life for six decades each. Cai‘s art-life journey is now in its fifth decade. Together they presented art / life audience participation experiences along with Cai’s art-as-food-as-art. The schedule of activities included a variety of group and 1-to-1 performance pieces, individualized training, reiki, intuitive readings, art / life counseling, contemplation, tai chi, qi gong, Five Elements exploration, and food preparation with communal dining as performance pieces. There were also concurrent exhibitions of all three artists. That occasion featured an Art/Life exhibition of Linda’s wall-sculptures, installations and archival photographs. Cai Xi’s Retrospective 1980-2015 of portraits, landscapes and abstracts was on view nearby at the Michael S. Currier Center, Putney School. At C.X. Silver Gallery, Cai’s installation includes her recent piece on the Chinese Five Elements.