André BOUCHER

In Vie des Arts, André Seleanuwrites: “André Boucher uses the art of photography to engage a kind of romantic conversation between abstract painting and photography.” Painting frequentlycorresponds to the precision of photography, through a wide spectrum ofhyperrealistic expressions;whereas Boucher’s photography applications illustratethe pictorialproperties of painting.Erosion, the effect of time on the substance and its impact are influences in the artist’s process that lead him to create, as seen in his Habana Libre series, an abstract art, generally emerging from non-modified photographic takes.Within this Cuban ambiance, where the end of a period is still tangible, time will have used, deteriorated the place, awarding the pictures with an abstract feel. Although some artists perceive the passage of time as an erasure, André Boucher immortalizes it with photography.

Within the framework of his meditation and creative work,as a contemporary photographic artist,the principal preoccupations of André Boucher are linked to today’s social, environment, and ecological issues; resulting from the urgency of the reflection on the relations between human beings and the environment. The point of view of the artist on this question took him toundertake works of art including some architectural designs.As a result of a constant photographic research, he developed new printing techniques on glass and on all other durable materials such as stainless steel or different papers. The whole non-figurative work of André Boucher is mainly directed towards birth and the texture of visual perception. This photographic print reveals itself in our conscience.

Born in Chicoutimi, in 1950, André Boucher begins his career as a photographer, in the seventies. Upon obtaining a diploma in communications and graphics, he works for several years as photographer for the daily newspaper Le Soleil; his photography is at that time of socio-historic character. In 2002, le Salon d’Automne International des Beaux-arts de Montréal honours the quality of his work. Amongst his photos, inspired by surfaces having undergone time erosion, numerous of them have been taken in Havana, Cuba. Épreuves du temps, a catalogue edited by Carte Blanche – published in 2008, and chosen as being the most beautiful book of contemporary art – is a collection of photographs on erosion of a urban environment that the artist invites us to look at differently. André Boucher currently lives and works in Montréal.

Habana libre suite 17, 2005

Habana libre suite 17, 2005

Photographie numérique, 22 x 15 cm

Épreuves du temps suite 2, 2009

Épreuves du temps suite 2, 2009

Photo numérique sur papier Pearl 1/1, 100 x 100 cm

Fragments d’éternité suite 15, 2009

Fragments d’éternité suite 15, 2009

Photo numérique 1/3, 90 x 90 cm

Habana libre suite 14, 2005

Habana libre suite 14, 2005

Photo numérique 1|10, 22 x 15 cm

Habana libre suite 13, 2005

Habana libre suite 13, 2005

Photo numérique 1|10, 22 x 15 cm