Samuel Roy-Bois: Not a new world, just an old trick

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Samuel Roy-Bois, Not a new world, just an old trick (installation view), SFU Gallery,
Samuel Roy-Bois: Not a new world, just an old trick
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Matthew Hyland

Matthew Hyland

Matthew Hyland has been director of Oakville Galleries, since 2008. Educated in women’s studies and cultural studies at York University and the University of Victoria, respectively, Hyland has been with Oakville Galleries since 2006. Prior to joining the staff at the Galleries, Hyland held positions at the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre and the City of Toronto.

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Oakville Galleries is pleased to announce the opening of our spring exhibition Not a new world, just an old trick, a large scalable structure by Vancouver-based artist Samuel Roy-Bois.

Vancouver-based artist Samuel Roy-Bois has long been concerned with how spaces are defined, both physically and conceptually. Questioning the boundaries between exhibition or production spaces and art itself, Roy-Bois often creates works that take the form of built structures. The resulting forms are as much about the spaces outside of the structures as those they enclose.

Here at Oakville Galleries, Roy-Bois presents a large-scale model for an imaginary building. Titled Not a new world, just an old trick, the work exists as both an edifice and a sculpture, and readily connotes the idea of an art gallery or museum. This rough, tiered form is not only an architectural amalgam that offers the potential of housing collections‹works from Oakville Galleries¹ own collection are hung within, but it also functions as a scalable structure: visitors are welcome to enter the model¹s interior and climb its various levels.

Samuel Roy-Bois: Not a new world, just an old trick is co-produced by SFU Galleries, Vancouver; Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa; and Oakville Galleries. The exhibition will run from March 29th to May ­ 24, 2015 at Oakville Galleries’ Centennial Square location.

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