With a penchant for all things print, Julian Montague has built up an impressive collection of work including most recently his State of America series (which we previously gushed over). Based in Buffalo, New York, Montague takes on a heavy load of local projects, creating visual identities for local coffee shops, restaurants, and speakers series. But his work stretches well beyond the local sphere, including art installations (his Animals & Architecture exhibit debuts this summer at Galerie Le Toutouchic in Metz, France) and album covers for an international collection of musicians. Enamored with mid-century book design, he also operates the blog, Julian Montague Projects, sharing old books he finds on a nearly daily basis, perhaps providing inspiration for himself as he now designs book covers for local publishing company, Starcherone. We caught up with Montague via email to ask what else he's working on and what inspires him.
One of the fastest growing and richest American cities in the early 20th century, Buffalo’s remaining building stock from its boom times is hard to match. But a lengthy period of economic stagnation and suburbanization since has led to a scant collection of postwar architecture, particularly housing. A hopeful sign of more progressive times exists, however, in what’s called “Birdhouse,” a new residence by local architect Adam Sokol.
Painter Enoc Perez grew up in Puerto Rico, a place rich with modernist buildings in places like La Concha and the Hix Island House. His move to New York amplified an admiration for the style. There, he pursued a career painting modernism landmarks while surrounded by icons like Gordon Bunshaft’s Lever House and Eero Saarinen’s TWA Terminal.
His style has a pop art quality to it. Perez uses photos and images from postcards and magazines in his designs, often combining them with primitive print-making techniques. His newest work is a panorama of the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C., currently on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. It's a nostalgia trip of sorts, with Perez utilizing a painting process similar to Andy Warhol.