LKFF Art & Sculpture Projects is proud to announce the second solo exhibition in Brussels of Maastricht duo Les Deux Garçons (Michel Vanderheijden van Tinteren & Roel Moonen). Through taxidermy and recuperation, they breathe new life, but also new meaning, in the animals and objects they choose to resurrect. Fascinated by the fleeting and random aspects of our existence, by the subjectivity behind the notions of good and evil, they confront the beholder with their odd, yet beautiful, endearing, yet shocking sculptures.
In this new exhibition, Les Deux Garçons question us, maybe somewhat cynically, about a “promise of renewal”. Their new artworks move away from the joyful trinkets and accessories to approach a purer scenography, almost abstract. The animal devotion is as always at the center of their art, yet now it appears more dramatic with accents of latin “Fatum”.
The absence of artifacts leaves the animals sober and bare. Stripped of their ornaments, they symbolize an ever more fragile nature. The animals echo our origins, like a mirror, reminding us how our current omnipotence is only temporary. The symbol of this message: an imploring chimpanzee. Darwin theory, catholic faith, animist references are among the many sources inspiring Les Deux Garçons. By these they denounce our current identity crisis, the chaotic world in which we live, the ecologic mess we’ve made… To magnify the animal world through taxidermy allows an awakening of how nature is currently sacrificed on the altar of a pseudo-modernism.
The sculptures by Les Deux Garçons are the result of a four handed collaboration between Michel Vanderheijden van Tinteren (Heerlen, 1965) and Roel Moonen (Maastricht, 1966). Both studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Maastricht. They have been living and working together for over 15 years. This exhibition follows the superb retrospective they held at the Vrijthof Museum in Maastricht, gathering more than 100 artworks, mostly belonging to private collections.
* All animals used for the sculptures are recycled following natural causes of death.