Doug Scholes

“Historically where the Decarie (autoroute 15) and the Turcot Interchange are presently there was the ruisseau Glen (one of many small tributaries running down Mont Royal) and the lac aux Loutres. The video is a series of shots taken from above, under and beside the Turcot Interchange. The duration of the each shot is shortened from 2.5 seconds to 0.2 of a second until the middle of the 45-second video at which point the shots lengthen back to 2.5 seconds. The sound is that which was live at the time of the recording. The sound of the traffic is like that of falling water. Water, an original passage on which goods were transported for exchange, is like the modern highway. The lac aux Loutres, like all lakes, is a place of rest where, following gravity, water settles. On top of the lake (long since filled in) is built the Turcot Interchange, a series of raised highways created to keep things moving. And these (not yet) fifty-year-old raised structures, testaments to human ingenuity to keep things moving, defy gravity, for now.”

Doug Scholes (Montréal) received a Masters in visual arts from l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in 2001. Doug links objects and maintenance to reveal the ubiquitous nature of change and work, which are manifested as installations that fall apart and are maintained repeatedly. Like in the myth of Sisyphus, there is a futility inherent in his work.

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