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Michael A. Robinson
From January 15th 1998 to February 22nd 1998
Trompe le monde

"Everyday life. The frenzied oscillation between the banality of necessary quotidian activities and an equally frenzied desire to escape. Devoted to the planning and calculating of everything, contemporary life has become a repetition of actions which has led only to anxiety and failure. At once humorous and grim, no one has any real hope of getting out of this. In fact, there seems to be a genuine loss of interest in the outcome of some of the western world's most fundamental predicaments. By what ritualistic means do we sublimate our desire for solutions?"

For the opening, the gallery would be transformed into a discotheque, complete with disco lights, glitterballs and professional DJ's. Examining the notion of a gentle apocalypse, the installation in gallery and a video would help reestablish a general context for the exhibition after the opening.

Michael A. Robinson focuses on the representation of the everyday and the desire to escape, referring to certain rituals and forms of release produced by popular culture. In 1996 this young artist showed Real Real Gone at Gallery Samuel Lallouz. The ground floor was taken up by a minimal-like cube generating coloured light and music, and evoking a nightclub. The following year he participated in "ARCO 97", a contemporary art fair in Madrid, and in "Panique au Faubourg", an event organized during the summer by Quartier Éphémère. Since 1991 his installations have been presented in Canada and Europe.

Bibliographie
- Lamarche, Bernard, «On se bouscule dans les centres d’artistes», Le Devoir, 24–25 janvier 1998, p.B14.
- Aquin, Stéphane, «Michael A. Robinson et Kevin de Forest», Voir, 12–18 février 1998, p.55.
- Aquin, Stéphane, «Guide musées et galeries. Centres d’artistes et autres centres d’exposition», Voir, 15–21 janvier 1998, p.25.