Atelier Van Lieshout
Furniture Iii
19th Jan 2013 - 27th Apr 2013
Monday - Saturday
10am - 7pm
Carpenters Workshop Gallery
54 Rue De La Verrerie 75004

An evolution of the London Exhibition Blastfurnace Carpenters Workshop Gallery is pleased to inaugurate 2013 with an expanded show of Atelier Van Lieshout’s recent and early collaborations with the gallery, to extend the vision of Joep Van Lieshout with Furniture III.

Joep’s approach to his work whereby he creates functional art, certainly defines the aesthetic and foundation of the gallery’s practise, which is to commission and collaborate with artists and enable them to create new and exclusive editions to Carpenters Workshop Gallery.

Joep Van Lieshout has been creating large scale installations, complex systems and entire narratives ranging in topics that course through his veins, from Slave City to The New Tribal Labyrinth and has gained international attention for his work which has been exhibited in Museums and Biennials for the last 25 years. Joep founded Atelier Van Lieshout in 1995 and his work is diversely expressed  from installation, sculpture, architecture and design,  whereby he expresses freely across the broad spectrum of possibilities – the constant is inventing new ways to sculpt, build, create.

Joep’s work offers an alternative to the world that we inhabit, whether it be an ecological or environmental or social reform solution. Recently, the New Tribal Labyrinth explores the idea of a hybrid – culture born that celebrates and honors labour, the industrial revolution and pays homage to the arts and crafts movement, ancient ritual, co-habitation and is an entire narrative that is currently being constructed through the evolution of his work in all materials.

Van Lieshout possesses an artistic commitment raised to the level of political strategy, an uncompromising vision.

In the gallery space, Joep’s  expression adapts, he delivers functional object-manifestos : an organically shaped sofa and lamps that are both realist and sensual with tables that are pretexts for the creation of micro-landscapes sculpted by the artist’s hand. He uses a huge range of production techniques, resin moulds, fibreglass, bronze, soldered steel.

Joep Van Lieshout’s research is considerable and polyform and reveals an alternative and critical approach to experimentation, a constantly renewed contemporary questioning, driven by a globalised society that has lost its bearings.

Selection of Works
Atelier Van Lieshout

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.

/ ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, arts project for the Rührtriennale, Bochum, Germany.
/ ‘Monument’, public sculpture at Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Gemany.
/ ‘Y Caban’, pavilion for Pontio Art Centre, Bangor University, Bangor, UK.
/ ‘De Stam’, Frederik Hendrikplantsoen, public sculpture, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
/ ‘Vis-a-Vis’, new premises for an open-air theatre, Almere, the Netherlands.

/ ‘Het Orakel’, Dam square, Amsterdam, commission by Amsterdams 4 en 5 mei comite.
/ ‘Vooruit’, Stedelijk Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden.

/ ‘La Caravane’, public sculpture, Place Saint-Saveur, Caen, France.
/ ‘De Warande’, information stand, Turnhout, Belgium.

/ ‘Plataforma Choco’, artist-in-residence MasArteMasAcion, Choco, Colombia.
/ ‘Equilibrist’, Emporia Shopping Centre, Malmö, Sweden.
/ ‘Mediville’, doctors practice, Maastricht, the Netherlands.
/ ‘Insect Farm’, insect farm/information stand, Z33, Hasselt, Belgium.

/ ‘Worm’, interior for Cultural Centre, Rotterdam.
/ ‘Stage design for Tannhauser, Bayreuther Festspiele, Germany.

/ ‘Funky Bones’ Artwork in Art and Nature Park, Indianapolis, USA.
/ ‘Lokal Lieshout’, cafe interior at K20, Düsseldorf, Germany.
/ ‘Cascade’, artwork in public space, Rotterdam.
/ ‘Dynamo Hotel Capsule’, Jousse Entreprise, Paris, France.
/ ‘de Ontknopping’, artwork in public space, Middelburg.

/ Stankowski Award.
/ l’Absence, artwork in public space, Nantes, France.

/ ‘Fisherman’s House’, Dalen.
/ ‘Pink Giant’, Nieuwegein.
/ ‘Gieleskull’, Amsterdam.

/ Kurt Schwitters Award.
/ ‘Wombhouse’, Jousse Entreprise, Paris, France.

/ Wilhelmina-Ring Sculpture Award.
/ Bar for the Parade, mobile theatre show.
/ Furniture visitor’s room Prison Hoogvliet, Rotterdam.

/ Mart Stam Award.

/ Anjerfonds - Chabot Award.

/ Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung Award.

/ Bolidt Floor Concepts Prize.
/ Mobile Home for the Kröller Müller Museum, Otterlo.
/ Bussing Stations, for the cafeteria of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA.
/ Prix de Rome.

/ Charlotte Köhler Award.

/ D. Linley, C. Cator, H. Chislett, Star Pieces, The Enduring Beauty of Spectacular
Furniture, Thames and Hudson, 2009.

/ J. Allen, A. Betsky, R. Laermans, Atelier Van Lieshout, NAI Publishers, Rotterdam, 2007.
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