Centered around the concept of maintenance and acts of cleaning, restoration and repair, Douglas Scholes’ artistic practice is an archaeology of the present and the ordinary.
His work has been exhibited in numerous Canadian institutions, and he has completed residencies at SPACE Studios in London, UK (Canada Council for the Arts), the Banff Centre (Banff, Canada), La Maison Laurentine (Aubepierre-sur-Aube, France), Rad’Art (San Romano, Italy), Imagination Station (Detroit, USA), 3e impérial (Granby, Canada) and AdMare (Magdelen Islands, Canada). Scholes represents one-fifth of the artists’ collective Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal (CRUM). He lives and works in Montréal.
Douglas Scholes’ project
Wanderer: (re)Marking will provide witness to the Lachine Canal National Historic Site in Montréal as an entity experienced through the artist’s persona of the Wanderer.
As this character, Douglas Scholes will perform site walks and in-situ acts of maintenance along the Canal in response to the environment: its histories and present realities as well as imaginative invocations of a future Canal. Beehives will be installed to promote the production of honey and wax, and beeswax sculptures will mark the Wanderer’s responsive acts, conjuring notions inherent in the Canal of habitat, workers and work. These notions will also be marked through responsive videos and photographs. In keeping with the Canal’s collaborative nature, Scholes has invited other artists to contribute music and sound pieces, a fictional narrative about the future Canal and an historic exploration into artistic activities on, in and around the Canal.
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Previous Works By Douglas Scholes
Wanderings of a Rubbish Picker | Exshaw, Alberta | 2015 | Photo: Sarah Fuller
Working with the pragmatic aesthetics in four parts / Esthétique pragmatique à l’œuvre en quatre temps | Granby, Quebec | 2010-11 | Photo: Patrick Beaulieu
Vestiges I | Magdalen Islands, Quebec | 2013 | Photo: Douglas Scholes