Gilbert Boyer

Galerie Michèle Chomette

In Montréal, if you want to see Gilbert Boyer’s La montagne des jours (The mountain of days, 1991), you take the footpath that winds up and around Mount Royal and look along the ground for five big, flat roundels of granite, which, depending on the season and/or maintenance, may or may not be covered by leaves or snow. In Paris, the two flights of elegantly carpeted stairs leading to Boyer’s recent exhibit also went up and around, and if the trek wasn’t exactly the same, the sixteen “Réflexions-Intérieur” (Reflections-interior) lining the gallery walls were—as the title suggests—among other things, a kind of indoor variant on The Mountain of Days and the other public works this Québecois artist has created for urban spaces in Canada, the United States, and France over the past decade.

Indeed, what might at first glance have seemed like a classic exhibit of photographs in a classic Paris

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