Une odeur de désordre

Une odeur de désordre

Mark Lewis, Une odeur de désordre, 1992
Mark Lewis, Une odeur de désordre, 1992
Location:
Montréal, QC, Canada
Artwork creator(s): 
Lewis, Mark
Text author(s): 
Lewis, Mark
Installation year: 
1992
Remarks on location: 

The work was installed in four bookstores: Champigny, Flammarion (Laurier branch), Gallimard and Lexis.

Description: 

The artist installed ten metallic boxes throughout the city of Montreal. Each of these "temporary monuments" featured a drawing or a black and white photograph of an earlier public manifestation of disorder. Each location was chosen in relation to each event. Text appears under each image, relating a fictitious testimony. An automatic sprayer sprays an essential oil fragrance that evoke the chosen public event. In four Montreal public bookstores, the artist also set up areas with displays of books about the sense of smell.

Text of the artwork: 

Testimony

Text theme: 
Fiction
Artwork theme: 
History, public disorder
History: 

The work was also presented at Kettles Yard in Cambridge, England, in 1991.

Exhibition: Pour la suite du monde, Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, 1992

Dimensions:

Height: 
0.76m
Width: 
0.38m
Depth: 
0.3 m
Document(s): 

Contemporary-art museum a knockout; Inaugural exhibitions pack a powerful, promising one-two punch

Duncan, Ann (1992).  Contemporary-art museum a knockout; Inaugural exhibitions pack a powerful, promising one-two punch. The Gazette. (May 30), p. K1

Mark Lewis : Public Art, Photographs and Projects

Lamoureux, Johanne, Andrew Payne (1994).  Mark Lewis : Public Art, Photographs and Projects. Vancouver : The University of British Columbia Fine Arts Gallery, p. 135