Image collage from the forthcoming publication, Troy Montes-Michie: Rock of Eye (October 2021), edited by Andrea Andersson and Lisa Pearson, and co-imprinted by Siglio Press, Rivers Institute, and California African American Museum (CAAM). Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Siglio Press.
To tailor a garment by “rock of eye” is to rely on the drape—on experience over mathematical measurement—in the fitting process. It is a kind of drawing in space: a freehand, an intuition, a trust of materials. Troy Montes-Michie: Rock of Eye is an exhibition of collages, drawings, sculpture, and installation that draw the contours of body and place. The artist’s first solo exhibition begins with and departs from Montes- Michie’s recent large-scale paintings and collages that center the Black male body and his series that traces the social history and form of the zoot suit. Troy Michie was born in El Paso and his practice reflects his experience growing up along the US– Mexico border. His works are studies in ambiguity between portraiture and landscape. His are the cuts and folds of patterning and mapping. With Rock of Eye, Montes-Michie’s stitches suture histories and geographies; they establish thresholds for crossing. His needle hits rock.