"For a number of years now I have been interested in the ways architecture and, in a broader sense, the built environment, contribute to our understanding of the world. I have in that matter used constructed space as a strategy to create a genuine and direct relationship with the viewer.

I am always aware of working within an economy of means, voluntarily blurring the border between art and life, and to develop ideas about contemporary ideals and low-scale utopianism. These different artistic strategies are ways to promote ordinary objects and spaces into a poetic dimension, with the wish of renewing one's gaze and perception. 

My work also puts forward ideas about time, by incorporating truncated elements of narration. An exhibition space can be divided into multiple rooms, which can be discovered in a specific order, following a precise path, similar to a musical piece. The work reveals itself through an accumulation of ideas and sensations that culminate into an appreciation of a complex universe both fragmented and coherent. "

December 2011


Originally from Quebec City, Samuel Roy-Bois is currently residing 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 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.

Samuel Roy-Bois