↑ Palais de Tokyo, 2021

“Henri Frachon and Antoine Lecharny have developed a practice dedicated to the observation and conception of objects rather than their use. They draw the outlines of an “abstract design” aiming at focusing our attention on the essence of a form and not on its function. How does a hole behave? A hole inside a hole? And how is it shaped? Is it the matter that surrounds it, or its constitutive void? What does a volcano crater have in common with a flow drilling?

In their exploration, the duo handles raw materials and brings multiple skills together: stone cutting, metal spinning, embroidery, carpentry or glassblowing... They draw, model, miniature, multiply the attempts, fail and start again, to the point of exhausting their theme.
Their work is divided into four elementary subjects organized into four lines: the hole, the triangle, the jonc-doucine and the dissonance. The abstract design manifesto, presented on the wall, sheds light on the work’s « raison d’être » setting forth the rules.

Radical and experimental, their approach can be compared to fundamental research. Their first presentation at the Palais de Tokyo is to be experienced as a journey, delighting on those details that can be found everywhere in our daily lives.”

Gaël Charbau (exhibition curator)

↑ Digging for ever, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, 2020

At first, I just wanted to dig a hole ... I was later joined by my friend Ulysse Boüet and we naturally continued to digg in cirlce. It was no more the hole that was interesting but what was in the middle.

What are holes ? 2019-2021

↑ What are holes ? Villa Noailles, 2021

Often dark, it is shaped by the matter around it. The hole, an inevitable element, is everywhere. By exploring feelings I have questionned what holes bring, what make them beautiful and meaningful. I have digged, drilled, pierced, shaped, molded and streched hundreds and hundreds of holes to better understand their nature.

↑ Avoir les yeux en face du trou, 2019

Le trou est mystérieux.
Le trou est élémentaire.
Le trou est banal.
Le trou est vital.
Le trou est immédiatement reconnaissable.
Le trou attire tout en faisant peur.
Le trou bien pensé donne de l’aura aux choses.
Le trou pas maîtrisé devient une imperfection.
Le trou est instinctif.
Le trou est expressif.

↑ Perfectly rectangular, 2019

I was walking with a group of friends along a river and we discovered a huge clay deposit. We knew nothing about it, but we undertook the construction of an earth ceramic kiln. After about ten days and many adjustments the oven finally worked! I spent the next ten days making these clay panels, just simple rectangles. At the end of the stay, we destroyed the oven, and I left these rectangles in the river.