Exhibitions and Events
I had a great trip despite a brutal feeling of cognitive dissonance.
Samuel Roy-BoisFebruary 4th to March 17th, 2012
Opening February 3, 8PM
Artist Talk Saturday, February 25, 2012, 4PMWorld Art Centre , 2nd FloorSFU Woodwards, 149 West Hastings Street
Objects remain spellbound in the merciful separation of space, no material part can commonly share its space with another, and a real unity of diverse elements does not exist in space. - Georg Simmel
The form of a city changes, alas, more rapidly than a man’s heart. - Baudelaire
Artspeak is pleased to present I had a great trip despite a brutal feeling of cognitive dissonance, a new solo exhibition by Vancouver-based artist Samuel Roy-Bois. Reconfiguring and partitioning the gallery, the exhibition demonstrates the artist’s continued interest in the deconstruction of space. An enclosed living area – inhabited by a stranger free of charge for the duration of the exhibition – will be made private with no public access, its occupant given full authority over its usage. Paired with the built environment is a voice recording that furthers the gallery’s transformation into an intimate place of residence.
Through concealment, the installation portrays a character with a double identity – the individual that we hear and try to visualize and the one that we will never see and may occasionally hear. By juxtaposing the viewer and the occupant’s respective experiences, Roy-Bois creates an uncanny moment in which they imagine each other, creating a new imagined reality. In addition to bringing forward notions of estrangement, space retribution, and struggles for power, the exhibition contributes to an ongoing discussion in Vancouver about how land in the city is divided, occupied, and used.
Originally from Quebec City, Roy-Bois currently resides in Vancouver. He received his BFA from Université Laval in Quebec (1996) and a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montréal (2001). His installations have been shown across Canada and internationally. Solo exhibitions include Polarizer, Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2009), Let us, then, be up an doing..., Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2008); Divertissements, Point éphémère, Paris (2007); Improbable and ridiculous, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2006); J'ai entendu un bruit, je me suis sauvé, Or Gallery, Vancouver (2003). He is currently artist-in-residence at Langara College, Vancouver.
Related LinksSamuel Roy-Bois [Artist]
Kim Nguyen [Curator]
Postscript 45 - Michael Christie on Samuel Roy-Bois [Text]