Here's the pitch
What can you do in a country 30.000 km away from your hometown (Paris)? A country that is so far, you feel you just have preconceived ideas and fantaisies about it. Are sports, hobbies, and rock music really the big thing there? And what about the art? Is craft, like Ricky Swallow's hypperrealist wooden sculptures, the only hit practice?
And what about inviting artists that share the same fantaisies? Daniel Dewar and Gregory Gicquel are obsessed with life-styles, red-neck culture, and popular hobbies. Fishing, surfing, or tuning, crafts and self-taught creativity are their thing. They do not 'quote' these references and activities as such. But they try to create a body of works, mostly sculptures, that embodies their lived experience.
Here we are now. Three Frenchies in Melbourne for a one-month residency and an exhibition to produce from scratch. -Charlotte
Dewar & Gicquel, Aruba 49cc, 2005