Gilbert Boyer

Galerie Michèle Chomette

La Collection de Galeries” (all works, 1991) is, as the title suggests, a collection of galleries that Montreal artist Gilbert Boyer has acquired, symbolically at least, over the past two years. The point of the exercise, beyond the obvious role reversal it entails, is to delineate the contours of the gallery as a generic entity: a name, a place, a space, and a set of practices that are variously esthetic, commercial, political, and social. To date, Boyer has succeeded in convincing 99 galleries from Montreal to Melbourne, and all of the major centers in between (and only two refusals), to contribute their names—and their contours, in the form of floor plans—to his collection. From these raw materials, he has fashioned an exhibit that is part demonstration, part provocation.

The centerpiece of Boyer’s show is an installation that consists of 99 plastic boxes of 3-1/2-inch computer diskettes

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