Daniel Dewar (born 1976) and Grégory Gicquel (born 1975) met at art school in Rennes. At the time their main interest was in performance. For their diploma project, the pair created an unusual travel agency, offering clients free, simple excursions – like going to buy bread or tour the city ring-road. Then they moved on to sculpture, first in hyper-realist fashion, with three-dimensional works consisting of reproducing ‘by hand’ (i.e. craftsman-style) industrially-created objects in identical materials: skateboard wheels, say, or BMX pinions. Then they discovered their preferred technique of direct carving – although they also practise modelling, firing pottery, weaving tapestries and working leather.