Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel
Born 1976 in Forest of Dean (United Kingdom),
lives and works in Brussels (Belgium)
Born 1975 in St. Brieuc (France),
lives and works in Plévenon (France)
The human being, just one of many mammals, is above all “homo faber” in Dewar and Gicquel’s works. Since the early 2000s, the Franco-British duo has employed techniques that they sometimes take months to learn (ceramic, weaving, marble cutting, wood sculpting). On the top two levels of macLYON, their solid-oak bestiary illustrates the chance wedding of a sow and a man, a network of small intestines, rustic sideboards flanked by water-buffalo heads, and other benches with inlaid snail shells. Entitled Fantasmes mammifères, this corpus of works, many of which are akin to furniture, deploys sublime yet grotesque cosmogonics where man and those he shares the life-space with are party to a veritable visual orgy.