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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Admission always free

Today's hours
12 pm - 6 pm
13 Jun 08until24 Aug 08

Samuel Roy Bois

Let us, then, be up and doing, With a heart for any fate; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labor and to wait

Alvin Balkind Gallery and CAG Façade

This is an entrance to a gallery space, which is narrowed by white panels attached above the gallery entrance. A large-sized white sculpture is partially visible through the entrance.

ln all of his sculptural installations, Samuel Roy-Bois sets the viewer in motion or more accurately, makes the viewer aware of their movements. He may ask you to crawl, climb or squeeze in. The guided action may be as simple as walking across a raised floor that, in response, produces amplified sounds, or walking in circles to look into the window of a rotating room. The artist's simple directions ground the body of the viewer in space and in relation to material reality and keep them moving down a path on a scripted journey.

For his solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Roy-Bois draws a map that should be followed with all the expectations of a traveler on a quest. He will create a new work that will take the viewer through a passageway into a dark place to find a treasure. To set the stage for this journey, the artist will use the gallery's street front windows to transform a common household building material into an overall colour-field.


Originally from Quebec City, Samuel Roy-Bois resides in Vancouver. He acquired 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. His solo exhibitions include Divertissements, Point éphémère, Paris (2007); Improbable and ridiculous, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2006); Faire l’indépendence, Quartier éphémère, Montréal (2005); The Monologue (Contempt and seduction), Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax (2005); Fractures mortelles, Galerie de l’École des arts visuels, Université Laval (2004); Le monologue, Galerie Articule, Montréal (2003); Jai entendu un bruit, je me suis sauvé, Or Gallery, Vancouver (2003); and Les printemps obsolete, Montréal (2001).