December 3, 2011
6:30 PM, 98Weeks Project Space

Joep van Lieshout (Atelier Van Lieshout)

Joep van Lieshout will present his work, with a focus on the following interlinked subjects: free state Rotterdam, new industrial revolution, new tribal organization and Slave City agriculture. Recurring themes in the work of Atelier Van Lieshout are autarky, power, politics, and the more classical themes of life and death. Recent works reflect on the possible end of civilization as we know it. In our extremely advanced and complex society over-consumption and limited raw materials play a crucial role. Once supplies are exhausted, society will see a harshening of relations between people and increased survival instinct, changes which will lead to an emergence of various new cultures in the near future.

Joep van Lieshout (1963, Ravenstein) lives and works in Rotterdam. Since the early eighties he produces objects in - mainly - bright coloured polyester, the material that would become his trademark in subsequent years. In 1995 he founded Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL), undermining the myth of the individual artistic genius. Atelier Van Lieshout has attained international recognition for objects that balance on the boundary between art, architecture and design. These works of art are practical, uncomplicated and substantial.