The architect, visionary, graphic designer, industrial designer, sculptor and “inventor” François Dallegret produced his earliest “mechanical designs” following his studies. These designs transformed the technical objects of our daily lives into poetic, absurd and almost prophetic objects Discovering these drawings on display in the Iris Clert Gallery in Paris in 1962, the publisher Jean-Jacques Pauvert was immediately taken by the contrast between their technical finesse and their critical meaning, and he published two of them in the magazine, Bizarre, in 1964. Following this, the magazine, Art in America commissioned Dallegret to do a series of drawings to illustrate an article by Reyner Banham. For the next fifteen years or so, the artist produced his two- and three-dimensional “machinations,” which “aimed to dematerialize the machine and to initiate dreams” (Serge Gagnon), such as ATOMIX (1966) and Kiik 69 (1969). In the 1980s, François Dallegret changed the focus of his research to urban space, creating “objects for the city” that put public spaces on stage by inserting into them constructions, structures and sculptures” and that “reveal their sprit while also changing their use” (Interface, Douze Châteaux en Espagne…). He is currently working on light and public spaces, designing major urban installations.
François Dallegret (1937) studied architecture at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. His work was recognized through a major retrospective exhibition at the Musée du Québec entitled Réminiscences fluorescentes, in 1999. His “historical” creations have also been shown in a number of exhibitions: Les Années pop at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2001), Les années 60 at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Montréal (2003) and Tomorrow Now – when design meets science-fiction at the Mudam in Luxembourg (2007). Dallegret works in France (Court-circuit in Lille and Arc & Flèches in Trélazé, huge, 300 meter high, hydro-electric mast structures) and in Canada where he has lived for many years (I-diodes for the Palais des Congrès and the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement de Québec, and li_light along the canal in Toronto).