Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel

Sculptures in the Round

Artists Books/Catalogues

accompanying the exhibition

Details: Softcover with dust jacket, thread binding, 112 pages
Concept and text: Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel
112 images
Secession 2021
Distribution: Revolver Publishing


Sculptures in the round depicting furniture,
Tactile meeting points between different species and vegetable varieties,
With smooth or hairy skins….


At first glance, the artist duo Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel’s works may seem like anachronisms in this era of the ascent of digital technology: they cut stone, carve wood, mold clay and ceramics, and take up artisanal techniques like embroidery and weaving. Both emphasize the importance of executing their works with their own means, using traditional and modern tools and reviving production processes rooted in various crafts that are being superseded by technical automation. They break with tradition by combining their media with incongruous motifs: the entrails, animal parts, or human limbs, for example, that seem to grow from massive oaken chests and cabinets make for a sight that is as amusing as it is disconcerting.

Humans, animals, and plants coalesce into a bizarre and sensual new creation in works that exude the conviction that the same lifeblood courses through all beings and manifests itself even in the cut and dressed wood or marble block. Displacing forms out of their original contexts and assembling them in fanciful hybrids, Dewar & Gicquel produce absurd objects—glimpses, like chimeras or the creatures of legend, of an alternate reality.

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