Joep van Lieshout

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Joep van Lieshout, 2014.

Joep van Lieshout (born 1963), is a Dutch artist and sculptor born in Ravenstein, The Netherlands,[1] and founder of Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL).[2]

Life and work[edit]

Van Lieshout received his formal education and training from the Academy of Modern Art in Rotterdam (1980–1985), Ateliers ‘63 in Haarlem (1985-1987), and from the Villa Arson in Nice, France (1987).

In 1995 Van Lieshout formed the Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL) studio group in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, where the company continues to design and fabricate their widely exhibited works. Atelier Van Lieshout has attained international recognition for objects-based projects that balance on the boundary between art, architecture and design.[3][4]

Recurring themes in the work of AVL include self-sufficiency, power, politics, and the more classical themes of life and death.[5] The name Atelier Van Lieshout emphasizes the fact that, although Joep van Lieshout founded and leads the collective, the work produced stems from the creative impulses of the entire team.[6] One of his notable public artwork is Funky Bones, located in the 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park,

Atelier Van Lieshout[edit]

Sculpture Cascade, Rotterdam

Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL) is the studio of sculptor Joep van Lieshout founded in 1995 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, where the company continues to create and fabricate their widely exhibited works. The name Atelier Van Lieshout emphasizes the fact that, although Joep van Lieshout founded and leads the studio, the work produced stems from the creative impulses of the entire team.[7]

Recurring themes in the work of Atelier Van Lieshout include self-sufficiency, power, politics, and the more classical themes of life and death.[8] Atelier Van Lieshout has attained international recognition for objects-based projects that balance on the boundary between art, architecture and design.[citation needed]

Concept development[edit]

Atelier Van Lieshout's most relevant recurring themes are domestication, politics, complex functioning systems, and the re-contextualization of familiar, domestic objects. The Atelier van Lieshout claims to make no distinction between "real artworks" and "just building something for someone."[9]

Joep van Lieshout focuses on creating artworks whose design principles challenge conventional ideas of utility and functionality by reinventing how the viewer perceives or approaches an object and the environment in which it is placed. This is achieved by the implementation of non-traditional materials and color palettes, odd or unusual subject matter, and through the strategic positioning or locale of the artwork.[9]

AVL-Ville, 2011

For example, in the 2010 public artwork Funky Bones it is impossible to see in its entirety except at a distance, preferably from above. Moving close enough to actually interact with it produces an entirely different perspective.[10]

AVL-Ville[edit]

AVL-Ville is the Free State of Atelier Van Lieshout in the Rotterdam harbour during the Rotterdam Cultural Capital year 2001.[11][12] Originally designed as a place for experiments and inventions for the city of Almere. After Almere rejected the proposal Atelier Van Lieshout decided to realize its pioneer city on own property in the Rotterdam harbour.

The Autocrat and Workshop for Weapons & Bombs found a home along with new works like the Pioneer Set and AVL Transport.

AVL-Ville also created its own flag, its own constitution and its own currency.

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elisabetta G. Mapelli (2001) Urban environments. p. 155
  2. ^ Silvia Rottenberg (2006) Prix de Rome. NL 2006:, p. 114
  3. ^ Robert Kronenburg (2008), Portable Architecture: Design and Technology, p. 120
  4. ^ Deborah Schneiderman, Bishakh Kumar Som (2014). The Prefab Bathroom: An Architectural History. p. 119
  5. ^ "Atelier Van Lieshout webpage". Atelier Van Lieshout. Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  6. ^ "Atelier Van Lieshout". Friedman Benda. Archived from the original on 27 January 2011. Retrieved 28 Aug 2011. 
  7. ^ "Atelier Van Lieshout". Friedman Benda. Archived from the original on 2011-01-27. Retrieved 28 Aug 2011. 
  8. ^ "Atelier Van Lieshout webpage". Atelier Van Lieshout. Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  9. ^ a b Dellinger, Jade; Hester Schaaf (1998). "FAQ's about the Atelier Van Lieshout". REVEALED!!! STAFF TELLS ALL... (in Dutch). Nicoline Gatehouse: 31. 
  10. ^ "100 Acres Sculpture Park in Indianapolis". Schengen Visas Organization. Archived from the original on 2012-03-31. Retrieved 28 Aug 2011. 
  11. ^ Dieter Roelstraete (2001) Sonsbeek 9: locusfocus. Vol. 1
  12. ^ Anthony Dunne, Fiona Raby (2013), Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming,

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