Alain Bonder, 2016, 2016-10-11, 11x15", ink and charcoal on paper
Alain Bonder, 2016, 2016-09-12, 11x15", ink and charcoal on paper
Alain Bonder, 2017, 2017-02-20, 11x15", ink and charcoal on paper
Alain Bonder, 2017, 2017-03-08, 11x15", ink and charcoal on paper
Alain Bonder, 2017, Liste (Metcalfe), 60x60", acrylic and charcoal on canvas
For the years I’ve been painting and drawing, I’ve been creating puzzles for myself to solve, constantly looking to my surroundings for the next piece, or for the response to the last.
These works reflect my neighbourhood, my surroundings and all I try to remember, to record on a daily basis before it is erased or forgotten. To-do lists and personal notes evolve into free association drawings, collections, lists, maps. Each piece speaks to my frequent themes of time, place and memory.
To create these pieces, I walk, bringing my pad, pens, charcoal. I jot, sketch, draw my ideas, elements, right on the spot. I complete the drawings in one day, on the fly, though I sometimes revisit them later to add a response, a mark, a word or a stain. They are a way to try and record more than what a photograph can record— the surroundings, the context outside the frame when the image was captured, a feeling, a moment.
Drawing while walking, I am finding a different pace for engaging with the city and the elements. This new approach affects the rendering of these pieces, and makes them reminders of a particular moment in time and space.