A Pedestrian Trace | 2017
Photo : Charles-Frédérick Ouellet
In his performance, the artist – The Wanderer- will trace a line starting from Clark in Montréal to Œil de Poisson in Quebec City as close to AutoRoute 20 without being on the highway.
Pedestrian has a sense of common, everyday, ordinary, which are some commonly held notions about moving between Montreal and Québec City. It’s often about getting to the destination rather than the journey. To be a pedestrian is to walk, a shared act, part of a common history, even when performed alone. To walk between two cities today is only done in the rarest of instances, if at all. A resistance to walking is on the rise, certainly, with the increase of motorized modes of transport, the desire to go farther in less time has become commonplace. Taking time to walk and to encounter the world one foot at a time is a contrast to the quickness of contemporary life and offers the chance to see things that are not commonly witnessed.
The artist begins his voyage during the Construction holidays. We can follow his journey of about 15 days on truck-stop.ca. At the end of his walk, the work – incarnated by the artist himself – will be returned to Montreal by way of a company who specialises in art transportation.
Through a pragmatic aesthetic which places art at the center of everyday life, Douglas Scholes is interested by the evolution of things found in our environment. His practice flirts with the pragmatic, ludic, futile, and poetic, to uncover an optimism, conviviality, or empathy that may lie dormant, unsaid, unnoticed within everyday things and experiences.