Doug Scholes

(This is) What happens when a thing is maintained (?)

September 9, 2004 - October 16, 2004

Installation and construction

The construction site was held from September 9 to October 16, 2004 at Square Viger (square west)

Doug Scholes opens a construction site and erect a structure. This structure is however unusual because, from the beginning of its erection, it starts to collapse. Perpetual efforts of construction and repair are required for a semblance of form to be maintained. During the project, these activities blurs into one. Although the structure is important, it is the work performed that becomes essential.

This project reflects the interest of the artist in the question of maintenance. The infrastructures of a city (streets, parks, bridges, sewers) are subject to a continual transformation of their state, an attrition, hence the need for the city dweller and the community to face these cyclical and perpetual activities of construction, repair, maintenance, demolition and reconstruction. These activities cause a constant ruckus, not to mention the detours and delays caused to city dwellers. Moreover, it is this continual work that makes the city usable and livable for its inhabitants. Doug Scholes' project echoes the very nature of the maintenance, who in itself becomes a celebration of its mechanisms: to see bare structures in a state of destruction/repair and to consider the performance of the work performed.

" My artistic practice has evolved from sculpture and the creation of objects with formal aspects. With time and testing, I became interested in art and maintenance. Deterioration is an intrinsic potential for everything: wear marks sets in. An object left behind is worn out and disintegrated, while a heap of materials, left behind, will never be assembled back into an object. However, objects and materials are rarely unexploited. Transformations create a bridge between deterioration and maintenance and operate when materials wear out, when they are replaced or renovated. There are then two types of activities in progress: intrinsic (deterioration) and extrinsic (maintenance). These activities influence each other. The force of attraction, the climate and entropy take care of deterioration, while the maintenance is the result of a hard work against these forces.

" These two types of activity produce pragmatic visual results related to transformations. The deterioration offers beautiful images that respond to the erosion of novelty and the assumption of an original state. The same can be said about maintenance, whether during the counting and waiting for a new coating or as a witness to the work performed. "

Originally from Montreal, Doug Scholes studied at the University of Lethbridge and the University of Quebec in Montreal, and presented his work in Alberta, Quebec and Ontario. Scholes is also a member of the Montreal Urban Research Center.