Eric FonteneauEric Fonteneau
Figures from the world
Eric Fonteneau roams the world through his drawings. Since the late 1980s, he has been measuring the proportion or rather the disproportion of the universe through a body of work that charts itineraries, faces or landscapes on a white sheet of paper. The artist has been enthralled by geography, maps and portolan charts ever since his first piece entitled La Chambre des cartes. In his works he transcribes the meandering twists and turns of waterways, the motion of waves, as well as the outlines and shapes of an island, an archipelago or a mountain. His productions take us on an imaginary journey that is crafted in the confines of the workshop.
This exhibition, held to coincide with the ninth edition of the Vendée Globe, a single-handed round-the-world yacht race that remains in a class of its own, will revisit Eric Fonteneau’s artistic adventure that began with two ground-breaking encounters — one with writer Julien Gracq, the author of The Opposing Shore (French: Le Rivage des Syrtes), and the other with sailor Jacques-Yves Le Toumelin, whom he met at the French port of Le Croisic when creating an in situ installation on the seafront, a work that had been developed during a residency at the Abbaye Sainte-Croix in Les Sables d’Olonne.
Eric Fonteneau has explored visions of cartography from his early exploded views, poetical mappings of archipelagos, up to his recent panoramas drawn in black chalk that combine various facets of nature — mineral, vegetal or aquatic — not forgetting his cartographic projections or collections of extraordinary objects that enhance our understanding of the world.