A : H90 L35 W40 cm / H35.4 L13.8 W15.8 IN
B : H60 L30 W35 CM / H23.6 L11.8 W13.8 IN
C : H34 L105 W40 CM / H13.4 L41.4 W15.8 IN
D : H54 L40 W40 CM / H21.3 L15.8 W15.8 IN
E : H50 L110 W35 CM / H19.7 L43.3 W13.8 IN
"Gas tanks were cut in half, covered in shards of broken glass, melted, and used as a mold. It is a mine lamp but it refers to how everything is broken, everything is fucked. All we have is broken glass so we make lamps out of them." Joep Van Lisehout
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. AVL’s projects traverse clean design and non-functional sculptures doubling as habitats, fusing luxury with anarchic independence from conventional living.
Van Lieshout's works have been included in the Gwangju, Venice, Yokohama, Christchurch, Shanghai and São Paulo biennials. AVL is in part of the permanent collections of public and private institutions such as: FNAC, Paris; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Prada Foundation, Milan; Ludwig Forum, Aachen; Folkwang Museum, Essen; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich.