Guillaume Adjutor Provost

Who are you and what do you do?

I'm an artist-curator living in Montreal (Québec, Canada). My projects are determined by the selection and combination of elements, which together establish a polysemic corpus of work between conceptualism and the sensible. This structure serves alternately to the integration of such varied existing works including but not limited to sculptures, artifacts, performative or textual works. Subsequently, my work questions the presentation and representation inherent to autonomous objects. Calling for an integration of the multiple components of my production: creation, collection, curatorship, quotation, I want to freely examine the dynamics of a curatorial process, a resolutely inclusive approach where content expresses itself with regard to context. Therefore, I invest the artistic practice as a moving object giving to see itself only by the fluidity with which he passes from one state to the other.

Who/what inspires you?

I like to read books. When a book is good, I can be obsessive about reading the entire writings of a specific author. Lately, I was into Arthur Machen. I tried to buy first editions, but some of his novels printed in the early 20th century are now very expensive. I like the materiality of books as much as what they contain. 

What themes do you pursue?

Autonomy, errancy, bewilderment, fascination, sequentiality, value. Are those considered themes? That's very Art:21, PBS-ish. 

Why art?

For a long time I wanted to become an archeologist, then a scientist (or the romantic vision of it). I think I have the right dispositions for the scientific research, but somehow I ended up studying art and now, several years later, I'm working on my ph.d. in étude et pratique des arts at Université du Québec à Montréal and I feel I'm contributing to a discipline which more than ever needs free thinkers. 

Name some artists you would like to be compared to.

Franz Erhard Walther, Michael Asher, Fred Wilson, Ugo Rondinone, Willem de Rooij. That would be flattering.