L’après-midi chez Jean-Guy
In search of folklore, we have found Jean-Guy in Mirabel, a suburb of Montreal. These photographs are a much-needed documentation of various inventions that Jean-Guy made from found objects, packagings and waste. From a water heater to various type of stilts, these functional but makeshift objects seem mundane but they demonstrate many uses and diversions of the everyday life that are not often documented. Jean-Guy does not give them titles and does not plan the objects on paper. He does not manipulate the layers of language attributed to objects that already exist. In the making of these objects, Jean-Guy describes what they should do: “extension for this, extension for that”. The viewer must somehow attribute them a title (for purposes of categorization).