Atelier Van Lieshout
Joep Van Lieshout (1963, Ravenstein) lives and works in Rotterdam. Since the early eighties he has primarily produced objects in brightly coloured polyester, the material that would become his trademark in subsequent years. In 1995 he founded Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL), with which he attained international recognition for objects that balance on the cross-section of , design and architecture. Recurring themes in the work of AVL are, amongst others, autarky, power, politics and the more classical themes of life and death.
Among other things, AVL develops mobile living units and works of art that can be used for a lifestyle that is self-supporting and independent. For Mind the System, Find the Gap AVL designed the central reception desk. ‘Insect Farm’ is a commission of REcentre (centre for sustainable design) and Z33- Art in public space.
In the exhibition Future Fictions (05.10.2014-04.01.2015) Atelier Van Lieshout presents New Tribal Labyrinth, a series of works in which themes such as the organization of labour, the structures of power and revolution are linked to the depletion of the world’s resources and the subsequent need for self-sufficiency.