Current Exhibitions

Omar E. Montaño in *Virtual* Currents

Omar E. Montaño, b. 1974

San Diego, CA

Water Planet

The stewardship of our oceans is very important to me. This particular body of work was inspired by the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau documentaries that I remember enjoying as a child. Revisiting the documentary series was necessary, as footage provides the source material used for creating each of the individual compositions. To push storyboarding and illustration, I chose linoleum block prints as the medium. The title for each print comes from the documentary that supplied the composition’s visual material. These prints not only celebrate the work of an early environmentalist, but explore the quality of our stewardship since the last of these films aired in the mid-1970s.

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Image: Omar Montaño (b. 1974), Unsinkable Sea Otter No. 3, 2020, linoleum block print, 5 x 7 inches (9 x 12 inches sheet). Courtesy of the artist.