François Méchain - Regard d'artiste

François Méchain - Regard d'artiste

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François Méchain, known as a “nomadic sculptor” and photographer, made Perspectives, a series of three works, for the Domaine de Trévarez.


François Méchain made Perspectives, a series of three works, for the Domaine de Trévarez. The artist, known as a “nomadic sculptor” and photographer, created ways of having a conversation with this historically important site. In all his installations, he absorbs the memory of places and uses photography to conserve a perennial trace of his installations.

A golden cage in the form of an aviary allows the visitor, from where he is standing, to benefit from a contemplative view of the gardens.
The Jardin des monnaies (the Coin Garden) imagined by the artist proposes a revisited vision of the geometrical gardens of the Italian Renaissance. François Méchain transforms this garden by drawing with yellow flowers (symbolizing gold) the signs of the six most important currencies in the world. This installation criticizes contemporary consumer society.
Two Terrestrial Globes, like two spheres fitting one into the other, placed outside, evoke the infinitely large and the infinitely small. In the centre of this work, the vegetal remains of the Trévarez gardens form a first globe, encircled by another irregularly formed globe symbolizing the planet Earth.
A presentation of the photographic works of the artist completes the exhibition.

This is the seventh book in the “Regard d’artiste” collection devoted to Land Art, realized with Chemins du patrimoine in Finistere.


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20 x 25 cm
40 color illustrations
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Méchain (François)

Nomadic sculptor and photographer. In situ installations producer. Born in 1948 in Varaize (France). Living in Charente, he works and in France and in about twenty countries in the world. From 1969 to 1974 he was a student at the Ecole nationale des beau-arts de Bourges. From 1977 to 2010, he taught photography and history of photography at the Ecole supérieure d’arts et de design de Saint-Etienne. Speaker at the university Jean-Monnet of Saint-Etienne from 1997 to 2004 then from 2005 to 2008. In 1990 he gets the “Leonard de Vinci” prize from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for his project in Québec. In 1991, the FIACRE grant from the “Délégation aux arts plastiques”. 1991, a research grant at the Banff art center of the Canadian government. Guest professor at the university of Chicoutimi, Québec (UQAC) in 1995, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2001, at the Ecole des beaux-arts de La Réunion, Indian ocean (2004, 2005, 2013), at the university of Walferdange, Grand-Duché du Luxembourg (2005), at the Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3 university (2007). Since 1975, he has participated in more than 400 personal and collective exhibitions in France and in about twenty foreign countries.

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