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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

Drawing - Collage

Philippe Boissonnet’s career took off in Canada with the production of a series of drawings that integrated Xerox photocopy transfers, Au regard d’un corps (1982). It is with those pieces that he received the Foundation Elizabeth Greenshields Award of Excellence (1983). According to Boissonnet: “The bodies that I feature fall within an always unfinished visual realm, in suspension between emergence and disappearance, because my own body is the only one that I am unable to see, think, write or represent without losing it, it is perpetually unattainable.” His broad exploration on holographic image took root in this research.


«DÉCENTRER / RECENTRER» Wall video-drawing
2006

Graphite wall drawing and projection of a video animation (30 sec.)
Varying sizes


SIMULATIONS Series
1984-86

“In this series, each drawing is a simulation of a nonexistent photocopy, which is impossible in its given format and in the actual state of the machines available. It is the xerographic result that becomes the model to imitate, the original to duplicate, by magnifying its proportions, its imperfections, and its accidents. The background made with coloured pencils and pastels reproduce the bands, stripes, and degradation of the colour which never comes out evenly.” (Monique Brunet-Weinmann, in Philippe Boissonnet, le métissage est le message, Vie des arts No 123, June 1986)

Graphite drawings, colour pencils and Xerox photocopy transfer

"Conforme à...", 1986
80 x 100 cm

"À l’image de…", 1984
Pencil drawing and Xerox photocopy transfer on Arches paper, 120 x 160 cm

"D’après le …", 1985
120 x 160 cm

"Du pareil … au même", 1985
120 x 185 cm (Photo credits: Alex Kempkens)

Exhibition "Medium: Photocopy" at the Centre Saydie Bronfman, Montréal, Qc. 1987
Curators: Monique Brunet-Weinmann et Georg Mülheck

"RE...", 1986
173 x 120 cm (Photo credits: Alex Kempkens)
Collection Loto-Québec

"À la manière de…", 1985
140 x 100 cm (Photo credits: Alex Kempkens)

"Sans commentaire", 1996
Collage of photocopies, charcoal, pastels, 80 x 120 cm. Private collection

"Copie modelée", 1985
80 x 120 cm

Collection Art Bank of Canada, Ottawa, On

"Auto-simulation", 1986
92 x 70 cm (Photo credits: Alex Kempkens)

"Simulations" series. Exhibition at the Museo Internacional de Electrografia, Cuenca, Spain. 1996


ESQUISSE POUR UN CORPS RATIONALISÉ 
1984

Charcoal-pastels and collage of photocopies on canvas

"Esquisse pour un corps rationalisé", 1984
83 x 210 cm


AU REGARD D'UN CORPS Series
1982-83

Graphite and Xerox photocopy transfer

"Au regard d'un corps #1", 1982
71 x 110 cm
Collection Programme d'acquisition Prêt d’oeuvres d’art du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Québec, Qc

"Au regard d’un corps #4", 1983
71 x 110 cm

 "Au regard d’un corps #5", 1983
71 x 110 cm

"Au regard d’un corps #9", 1983
71 x 110 cm

"Au regard d’un corps #10", 1983
71 x 110 cm

"Au regard d’un corps #11", 1983
71 x 110 cm
Collection of the Fondation de l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, Qc

"Au regard d’un corps #12", 1983
71 x 110 cm
Collection of the Fondation du Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides, Saint-Jérôme, Qc

"Au regard d’un corps #13", 1983
71 x 110 cm

"Au regard d’un corps #14", 1983
71 x 110 cm

"Au regard d’un corps #15", 1983
71 x 110 cm
Collection of the Fondation du Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides, Saint-Jérôme, Qc

"Au regard d’un corps #16", 1983
71 x 110 cm
Collection of the Programme d'acquisition Prêt d’oeuvres d’art du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Québec, Qc

"Traces", 1982
110 x 70 cm
Collection of the Fondation de l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, Qc

"Au regard d'un corps #17", 1983
35 x 50 cm

"Au regard d'un corps # 7", 1983
71 x 220 cm

 
 

"Au regard d'un corps #1"
Booklet cover of the Programme d'acquisition Prêt du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Québec City. 1983

"Au regard d'un corps #2"
View from the temporary exhibition at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Québec City. 2011

(Photo crédits: Idra Labrie)

Exhibition-view of "Dessins 1982-83" at the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides, St-Jérôme, Qc. 2004


ÉVANESCENCES Series
1980

Charcoal and chalk on paper
160 x 220 cm


ÉMERGER I
1977

Graphite pencil and acrylic Modelling Paste on paper
45 x 61 cm

«Émerger», 1977

ÉMERGER II
1977

Charcoal on paper
50 x 65 cm

«Émerger II», 1978