The exhibition De la commodité à la connaissance brings together three groups of recent works by Michel Goulet: Blanc de mémoire, Signe/signal and Paysages éphémères (Opus 1–14). True to form, in them the artist works with the notions of enumeration, accumulation and inventory, listing and collating the things of this world to lead us to contemplate, along with him, those traces of everyday life that are often ignored or deprecated. In doing so, he forces us to take another look at them and, perhaps, even discern their inherent mystery. Through his sculptures Michel Goulet presents an array of common signs generally considered mundane and ordinary, placing us in front of a multitude of trifling events arising from spatial connections or mental associations. Those regarding these works—at once destabilized and in a heightened state of awareness—can no longer remain indifferent to the challenge to their reality. Michel Goulet’s intention is to captivate minds through the strange, complicated, and amazing worlds he creates. And it is up to each viewer to be taken in—or not—by the artist’s “game.”
The artist would like to thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for its support of this exhibition.