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For Mon­treal artist Guy Laramée, progress equals oblit­er­a­tion. “Cul­tures emerge, be­come ob­so­lete, and are re­placed by new ones,” he ex­plains in his artist state­ment. “We are cur­rently told that the pa­per book is bound to die. The li­brary, as a place, is fin­ished.

One might ask, ‘So what?’” This out­look – that hu­man­ity’s quest for ‘ul­ti­mate knowl­edge’ might ac­tu­ally be more a process of ero­sion than ac­cu­mu­la­tion – is ex­plored in Laramée’s in­tri­cate works of moun­tain ter­rains carved from the foun­da­tions of our cul­tural land­scape: old en­cy­clopae­dias and dic­tio­nar­ies. By sand­blast­ing away frag­ments of pages and over­lay­ing them with snow-cloaked rises and stepped plateaus, Laramée presents his view­point: knowl­edge and na­ture de­grade alike. guy­ TL

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