75004 Paris, France
Carpenters Workshop Gallery and Atelier Van Lieshout salute the decision of Bernard Blistène, curator and director of the Centre Pompidou, and Jennifer Flay, director of FIAC, to welcome the ‘Domestikator’ by the artist-sculptor Joep Van Lieshout on the piazza of Centre Pompidou, from 18 to 22 October as part of the FIAC Hors-les-Murs (Outdoors) program.
The “Domestikator” was always intended to be a catalyst for thought, as it addresses the serious issue of how humans employ technology – with ingenuity, creativity, sophistication and persistence – to change the world into a “better” place, often domesticating it in the process.
In order to push the boundaries of human experience and longevity, we have developed new technologies, like artificial intelligence, genetic manipulation, robotics and industrial farming, which push our ethical borders, without any real understanding of the long-term consequences.
Joep Van Lieshout is “pleased that visitors to the Pompidou will have the opportunity to experience this work and hope that it generates questions and dialogue around the complexity of the issue of domestication – particularly its inherent hypocrisy, and the disconcerting fact that we are still without any real policy or regulation to govern this increasingly intrepid behavior”.
Carpenters Workshop Gallery gives its artists opportunities to express themselves. In this case, the gallery has provided the installation and technical means needed for the considerable logistical organization and transport for the construction of the artwork in record time in Paris.
The “Domestikator” will be installed on the piazza in front of the entrance of the Centre Pompidou, which is known as the ‘Triangle’, from 18 to 22 October facing the legendary Stravinsky fountain. In choosing this location in the vicinity of a major artistic institution, it makes it a key public meeting point in Paris for an open and receptive audience.
Sculptor Joep van Lieshout was born in 1963 in Ravenstein, The Netherlands. He is the progenitor of AVL-ville, a self-sufficient free-state in the port of Rotterdam named after the studio he founded in 1995. For three decades van Lieshout has produced work that straddles art, design, and architecture; sharing recurring themes of systems, power, life, sex, death, and the human individual amidst the greater whole.
AVL gained international recognition for sculptural installations featuring controversial or sinister nuances. Alongside playful perversion, the work conveys disdain for limitation and longing for freedom. Van Lieshout considers the body to be divine architecture with the viewer invited to interact with manufactured interior spaces resembling internal organs, acting out taboos and wish fulfillment.
His work Sensory Deprivation Skull allows the experience of entering one’s own head, offering a period and place of mental respite. Wellness Skull houses a sauna and a bath within its form, proffering more hedonistic relaxation.
AVL’s projects traverse clean design and non-functional sculptures doubling as habitats, fusing luxury with anarchic independence from conventional living.