Figure Maps

Olivier Bonnet's Exhibition from April 6 to 30, 2017

VERNISSAGE: Thursday April 13, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Visit artist Olivier Bonnet’s exhibition "Figure Maps" at La Fab Arts Centre from April 6 to 30, 2017, and you will never see a map the same way again.

In an intriguing departure from our normal use of geographic maps, Olivier Bonnet uses their contours and shapes to evoke the human body. While travelling in Canada and the world, he collects his catalysts for creativity.

“I’m interested in how the human form and objects appear on the maze of sinuous curves, gradients and lines of printed maps. I like the way the straight or curved strokes I draw cross pathways, lakes, rivers, roads, forests, towns and borders. These real demarcations become skin, veins, contours, tattoos, shade or light.”

As anyone who has observed his work can see, Bonnet’s aesthetic pursuit translates his subject’s character, where mixed-media is incorporated into his works. We discover compositions combining inks, pastel, charcoal, aquarelle and gouache, where, as the artist explains, “I favour a purely aesthetic pursuit: an expressive gaze, an appealing light, an interesting composition.”

Bonnet rented a studio at La Fab from 2013 to 2015, and it’s actually right here that he was inspired to use maps. “I had run out of paper, and it’s here that I began exploring drawing techniques on an unusual medium: geographic maps.”

So come to the venue which prompted his artistic inspiration. Visit La Fab and meet Olivier, discuss his intriguing use of maps at his vernissage on Thursday, April 13, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

To learn more about the artist’s most recent creations, please visit: