Joep van Lieshout publishes his artworks under the name Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL). With Joep as the artistic lead of the studio his stuff of 20 people works for him in the tradition of the historic master workshops of the Netherlands. AVL´s interdisciplinary approach conflates arts, design, architecture and alternative or utopian living models. In crossing the genres of fine arts and applied arts, this often entails into large scale, site-specific Installations, happenings or product designs. AVL is known for its provocative yet humorous usage of anarchic systems, alternative social and aesthetical models, and political connotations.
AVL’s practice often overlaps “utopias“ and “dystopias“ whilst evolving around the function and aesthetics of sustainable, socially conscious designs by juxtaposing relationships between rationality and irrationality, the individual and society, or freedom and compulsion. AVL became known in the 1990s for their utopian social models and community concepts, living spaces and -capsules, mobile homes and nomadic furniture. AVL bridges a gap between arts and applied design in plenty collaborations with design studios, large art collections or progressive companies. AVL is closely involved in the manufatcuring process of each productions, with design and making of the artworks.
Joep van Lieshout (*1963, born in Ravenstein, the Netherlands) lives and works in Rotterdam. He studied at the Academy of Modern Art, Rotterdam and at the Atelier ’63, Haarlem. Initially, he started working as a solo artist; in 1995 he founded his studio and workshop, Atelier Van Lieshout. Joep van Lieshout´s work has been shown, amongst others, at: La Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille (2013), K 20 Kunstsammlung Düsseldorf (2010), Mumok Wien (2010), Museum Boijmans Rotterdam (2010), Ludwig Forum für internationale Kunst, Aachen (2008), Museum Folkwang, Essen (2008), Witte de With, Rotterdam (2007), Hayward Gallery, London (2007), and the Venice Biennale (2003). Atelier Van Lieshout’s works can be found in notable collections such as: Museum Folkwang, Essen, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum Kröller Müller, Otterlo, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Prada Foundation, Milan, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, MoMA, New York, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich MAK, Vienna.
Official website: http://www.ateliervanlieshout.com/