Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel occupy this space with their stone works as they would any traditional sculpture gallery. Be it marble, diabase, sandstone, granite, marquetry, sculpture, or haut-relief: each work borrows its likeness from the intimate world of the human body in its everyday functionality, creating analogies with both familiar objects and animals.
Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel have been sculpting together since 1998. They work according to a principle of perpetual physical engagement with materials and processes. Their ambiguous practice integrates a large spectrum of traditional media, ranging from textile to ceramics, to sculpting wood and stone.
The attention paid to the origin and nature of materials used, how they relate to a subject or a model, as well as the manual handling and idiosyncratic use of sometimes obsolete – or ultra-modern – techniques and tools, offer these two artists a sculptural potential that is absolutely unique. The subject is sometimes intimate, often domestic, and always universal.
For the HAB Galerie, Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel occupy the exhibition space as they would any traditional sculpture gallery. Le Nu et la roche presents a set of stone works that have been made specifically for the event.
The pink Portuguese marble high-reliefs project a fragmented representation of the body – a leg, an arm, a hand – and several tiny everyday, mass-produced items: a shower head, or a soap dish... The marble is polished, and its beige colour and rosy veins resemble the texture of skin. On the wall, stone marquetry work hangs like paintings. The motifs once again refer to the intimate world of the bathroom: basin, tap, toilet bowl...
Thanks to their self-taught savoir-faire, they create singular, unique handmade objects according to a specific method involving long, laborious, and performative processes. Daniel Dewar and Gregory Gicquel never obey the diktats of tradition, preferring to make up their own rules and language.
THE ARTISTS ARE REPRESENTED BY THE FOLLOWING GALLERIES: LOEVENBRUCK (PARIS), JAN KAPS (COLOGNE), AND TRUTH AND CONSEQUENCES (GENEVA). SPECIAL THANKS TO GALERIE LOEVENBRUCK FOR THEIR PRECIOUS AID, TO PRIVATE COLLECTORS, AND ALSO TO THE TOWN OF SAINT-CYPRIEN FOR LOANING OUT ARTWORKS.
© Stéphane Bellanger