Curated by Charo Neville
Samuel Roy-Bois’ artistic practice involves sitespecific installations concerned with the conceptual and material definition of space and the ways the built environment contributes to our understanding of the world.
Through sculpture, photography, and installation, Roy-Bois examines the relational network of objects and their historical resonance: How do we define ourselves through the creation of structures? Is it possible to conceive of one’s existence outside any material linkage? We make things, but are things making us?
For this new body of work, first exhibited at the Kamloops Art Gallery in 2019, Roy-Bois has created an ensemble of constructed and found objects that consider our contemporary material knowledge. His architectural structures act as vessels for everyday objects, point to the ways in which human experience is inextricably linked to manufactured things and spaces, and how the greater meaning of our existence is mediated through things. Referencing what the French philosopher Jean Baudrillard called “hyperreality,” a mode of existence based on the mediated real where fiction and non-fiction are indistinguishable, Roy-Bois’ sculptures and photographs of momentary sculptures (which exist only long enough to document) reveal our tenuous relationship with the real. Through re-presenting everyday objects in improvisational and new ways, Roy-Bois’ blurs the boundaries between art and life and shifts the ordinary into a poetic dimension.
Samuel Roy-Bois: Presences is organized and circulated by the Kamloops Art Gallery.
Support for the development and production of new works for the exhibition provided by Esker Foundation.
Samuel Roy-Bois is widely recognized for his large-scale installations and his interdisciplinary practice which includes sculpture, installation, performance, photography, drawing, and writing. Roy-Bois explores the role of objects in our relationship with the world, the history of architecture, the critique of different modes of cultural production, and the pure pleasure of making. His work has been presented at Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec; SFU Art Gallery, Burnaby; Oakville Art Galleries; Kamloops Art Gallery; Vancouver Art Gallery; and Point éphémère, Paris. Originally from Québec City, Roy-Bois is based in the Okanagan, where he is Assistant Professor of Sculpture in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus and heads The Research Studio for Spaces and Things, an interdisciplinary lab for creative exchange.