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Université du Québec à Trois Rivières
Trois-Rivières, QC, G8Z
Canada

A wide overview of the art research and creation of the French Canadian Philippe Boissonnet. Art holography, digital photography, interactive installation, photo-performance, drawings, and more

Biography

Philippe Boissonnet , Installation «Efflorescence», à la Chapelle du Bon Pasteur, Montréal, 2003

Philippe Boissonnet , Installation «Efflorescence», à la Chapelle du Bon Pasteur, Montréal, 2003

Philippe Boissonnet was born in France where he studied visual arts in Angers (Fine-arts school) and Paris (La Sorbonne). He migrated to Montreal in 1985 where he completed also his Phd (2013) in arts at University UQAM.  Since 1993, he has been a full-­‐time professor of visual and media arts at the Université du Québec à Trois-­Rivières where he is leading a research group in arts (URAV). He received the Elisabeth Greenshields Foundation award (Canada, 1983) for his works combining drawing and photocopier images and he won the Shearwater Foundation award for Holographic Arts (1998) as well as the Hologram Foundation prize (2018) for his works incorporating light and holograms into installations.

Boissonnet has been part of several artist‐in‐residency programs such as The Fringe Research Holographics Lab (Toronto, 1984-­‐1985), the Dirección Nacional del Antártico (Argentina, 2007) and the Center for the Holographics Arts/ OSU Pulse Laser Lab (USA, 2012), Atlier holographique de paris (2018).

Since 1983 Boissonnet’s work has been exhibited in a number of group and solo exhibitions in Canada, United States, France, Colombia, Mexico, Colombia, Australia, Japan, and Europe. Most of his installative artworks encompass several forms of artistic expression:  drawing, photography,  sculpture, holography, video and interactive installations. His works are clearly reflecting an aesthetic of artistic hybridization (metissage). After a first main exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides (2004, Qc, Canada), he presented an important selection of holographic and installative works at the Holocenter Vault Gallery (2014, LIC, New York). He leads also a photo-performance art practice since 2007. He participated In 2015, 2016 and 2017 to a collective performative project, called «Transparent Travel» (curators: The Two Gullivers), in different public spaces of Venice and of Manhattan (New York) using a plexiglass rolling suitcase, with an inflatable globe and a holographic optical film.

In 2019, he exhibited in New York, Athens and Shawinigan (Qc, Canada)

The artist thank the SODEC for its help to the realization of this website