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  • Michael Christie

    Michael Christie is the author of The Beggar’s Garden, a collection of linked stories that won the 2011 Vancouver Book Award, and was a finalist for the Rogers Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize. He holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, and his fiction has been twice nominated for the Journey Prize, Canada’s top short story honour. Currently, he lives in Thunder Bay, where he teaches Creative Writing at Lakehead University, and is at work on a novel about a woman living with agoraphobia.

  • Kim Nguyen

    Director/Curator of Artspeak 2011–2016.

  • Samuel Roy-Bois

    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.

Exhibitions

I had a great trip despite a brutal feeling of cognitive dissonance

SAMUEL ROY-BOIS
February 4–March 17, 2012

Samuel Roy-Bois, I had a great trip despite a brutal feeling of cognitive dissonance, 2012. Street View

Samuel Roy-Bois, I had a great trip despite a brutal feeling of cognitive dissonance, 2012

Samuel Roy-Bois, I had a great trip despite a brutal feeling of cognitive dissonance, 2012

Samuel Roy-Bois, <em>I had a great trip despite a brutal feeling of cognitive dissonance</em>, 2012

Samuel Roy-Bois, I had a great trip despite a brutal feeling of cognitive dissonance, 2012

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.

Postscript 45: Michael Christie on I had a great trip despite a brutal feeling of cognitive dissonance (PDF)

Talks & Events

  • Artist file

    CORNELIA WYNGAARDEN
    April 25, 2017

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 7 PM
    Luxe Hall at Western Front
    303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver

    Join artist Cornelia Wyngaarden and curator Liz Park for an informal evening of conversations and bubbly to celebrate the launch of Artspeak’s latest publication Cornelia Wyngaarden: Artist File. Park will provide a brief background on the compilation of various ephemera and print materials that chart Wyngaarden’s decades long practice as a pioneering media artist. Wyngaarden will provide a slideshow of images as a backdrop to the gathering.

    Printed and bound in an edition of 300 at Benedict Press, Münsterschwarzach, Germany. Edited by Kim Nguyen and Liz Park. Photographed and scanned by Erik Hood and Kim Nguyen. Designed by Julie Peeters and Scott Ponik.

    This publication was posible through the support of The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation.

  • Artist Talk

    SAMUEL ROY-BOIS
    February 25, 2012

    World Art Centre
, 2nd Floor
    SFU Woodwards, 149 West Hastings Street
    4PM

    Artspeak is pleased to present a talk by Vancouver-based artist Samuel Roy-Bois, presented in conjunction with his solo exhibition, I had a great trip despite a brutal feeling of cognitive dissonance.