François Méchain is a sculptor and photographer, who was born in 1948 in Varaize, Charente.
After studying at the National Fine Arts Institute in Bourges, he taught photography at the Fine Arts Institute in Saint-Etienne.
François Méchain works right at the heart of nature in the tradition of land art. He creates ephemeral sculptures in situ by continuing to be attentive to the history of the place, to the photographic viewpoint, to the interpretation of the installation and to what it will become. Through his lens he fixes the moments in time of his landscape sculptures, which are born of his passion for things to do with the land he travels through, criss-crosses and examines during his many journeys.
“My work is a core sample taken from the depths of the world. The difficulty of my work really involves getting the right distance. Remember that my sculptures are also made for my camera’s viewfinder, so that it can see them. I’ve always wanted to cloud the issues. People have never known how to classify me: photographer, sculptor, sculptor for photography, photographer using his laboratory to remodel light as he would do with earth, I like this area of uncertainty”. Extract from the collected work “François Méchain, l’Exercice des choses” 2002.
He died in February 2019.
Artothèque d’Amiens, France
Artothèque of Angers, France
Artothèque of Annecy, France
Bühl Foundation, New-York, USA
Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, Paris, France
Centre d’Art du Crestet, Vaison la Romaine, France
Chasanoff Collection, Fine Arts Museum, Houston, USA
City of Niort, France
Collection Centro de Arte y Naturaleza « Fundación Beulas », Huesca, Spain
Collection Centro de Artes Visuais, Encontros de Fotografia, Coimbra, Portugal
Collection du Centro Galego de Artes da Imaxe, St Jacques de Compostela, Spain
Collection EDF, Centrale de Civaux, France
Collection Nei Liicht / City of Dudelange, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
European House of Photography, Paris, France
Fine Art Museum and Lace, Calais, France
L’Imagerie, Lannion, France
La Casa de la Imagen, Logroño, Spain
Museet for Fotokunst and Cotemporary Art, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark
Museum of Photography and Contemporary Art, Charleroi, Belgium
National Fund for Contemporary Art, Paris, France
National Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France
Regional Fund for Contemporary Art Pays de Loire, France
Regional Fund for Contemporary Art Poitou-Charentes, France
Spectrum-Sotos Gallery, Zaragoza, Spain