Montreal

Michel Goulet

Galerie Christiane Chassay

Michel Goulet’s random assemblages strip the readymade bare, relieving the tradition of the found object of a century’s worth of theoretical baggage and reinvesting it with a folkloric, populist dimension. As with all his recent works, “Leçons d’époque” (Lessons of the epoch, 1990) groups several assemblages together under a single theme. A variety of materials arranged on metal shelves in neat vertical tiers include nails, a length of chain, a roll of wire, and kitchen utensils. In another piece a pile of dollar bills becomes a physical tool supporting a right angle, which in turn is supported by a crowbar. These objects maintain a precarious balance that relieves them of any possible utility. By expanding surrealism’s definitions beyond the object-product, Goulet’s poetic enlarges the definition of the surreal, bringing this brand of art closer to nature. Standing beside a gallery wall,

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