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The Game Of Thrones

Everyday Gallery in Antwerp, from 20 June to 16 August, 2020, presents the first gallery exhibition of the Belgian creative centipede Lionel Jadot

All Images are works presented in the Lionel Jadot’s exhibition Enthrone Dethrone All Images are Courtesy of the artist and Everyday Gallery, Antwerp. Image 1-min

All Images are works presented in the Lionel Jadot’s exhibition Enthrone Dethrone All Images are Courtesy of the artist and Everyday Gallery, Antwerp.

A busy bee, a night owl, a fish out of water, elephant in the room – we are all familiar with these adages. But then there are certain animal-related expressions that are nothing out of the ordinary to some, but very peculiar to others. Turns out, if someone is called a ‘Spider in the web’, it means they are excellent at supervising and organising; a ‘cool frog’ is someone who can stay calm in stressful situations; and a ‘young dog’ is someone motivated and, well, young – all lessons I learnt recently when Everyday Gallery in Antwerp announced that they will be hosting the first gallery exhibition of the Belgian creative centipede(read: a multi-skilled multitasker) Lionel Jadot.

All Images are works presented in the Lionel Jadot’s exhibition Enthrone Dethrone All Images are Courtesy of the artist and Everyday Gallery, Antwerp.

All Images are works presented in the Lionel Jadot’s exhibition Enthrone Dethrone All Images are Courtesy of the artist and Everyday Gallery, Antwerp.

To his credit, Jadot is an interior architect, artist, designer, film-maker and adventurer. Being a descendant of a family of furniture makers, craftsmanship is deeply rooted into his DNA and Jadot mastered the art of making furniture at a very young age. With a workshop for a playground, Jadot is first and foremost known for his eclectic interior designs. Which is why Enthrone Dethrone – his latest show at Everyday Gallery comes as no surprise. Here, Jadot is presenting a series of unique sculptures: seating arrangements or 'thrones' made up of elements that Jadot has collected over the years. ‘…the show is best experienced seated’, explain the gallery organisers in a note that welcomes visitors to conversations that defies the rules of object, function and attention.Readymade, found or at times recycled the exhibits are made of objectsthat come with a story – stories that celebrate other cultures while presenting a local context; stories that break codes, mix genres and combine materials and colours.

All Images are works presented in the Lionel Jadot’s exhibition Enthrone Dethrone All Images are Courtesy of the artist and Everyday Gallery, Antwerp.

All Images are works presented in the Lionel Jadot’s exhibition Enthrone Dethrone All Images are Courtesy of the artist and Everyday Gallery, Antwerp.

‘The seats, chairs, thrones all make us think of our own physical comportment, and of how the seat lends grandeur to the person sitting on it, by crowning its presence. The crackling floor, the felt walls and the diffuse light slow you down into an oddly absorbing environment, in which you are left puzzled. In the eclectic collages of objects, bits and pieces collected all over the world come together in ways practical, and logical, though possibly only in the artist’s mind. All his finds eventually seem to fall into place.’

All Images are works presented in the Lionel Jadot’s exhibition Enthrone Dethrone All Images are Courtesy of the artist and Everyday Gallery, Antwerp.

All Images are works presented in the Lionel Jadot’s exhibition Enthrone Dethrone All Images are Courtesy of the artist and Everyday Gallery, Antwerp.

Recently launched in the new architectural district of the south of Antwerp, Everyday Gallery describes itself as a time capsule for future artistic references. With a mindset between the artist-run space and a commercial gallery, they display trans-disciplinary artists who dive deep into the radical world of fine and functional arts.Which is why, again, it comes as no surprise that they decided to host Jadot and his intriguingly surrealistic objects that tread the fine line between history and sci-fi; all the while creating their own stories where readers can’t help but question the very definitions of art and object.

All Images are works presented in the Lionel Jadot’s exhibition Enthrone Dethrone All Images are Courtesy of the artist and Everyday Gallery, Antwerp.

All Images are works presented in the Lionel Jadot’s exhibition Enthrone Dethrone All Images are Courtesy of the artist and Everyday Gallery, Antwerp.

Vani Sriranganayaki is the Subeditor of Arts Illustrated

 

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