Atelier Van Lieshout „Light in the Darkness"

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Finger Lamp, Atelier van Lieshout, Galerie Krinzinger

Date and time

9/06/202227/08/2022

We live in dark times, with war raging on the EU’s border, more refugees than aid organizations can handle, the smouldering threat of Covid returning in a different guise and the climate crisis looming over us. Joep van Lieshout of Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL) provides some light as the torchbearer of radical change. As a participant in the current documenta exhibition in Kassel, AVL presents a mobile platform for communal action and critical interaction. The exhibition ‘Light in the Darkness’ fulfils Van Lieshout’s mission to enlighten more literally by presenting a wide selection of lamps.

Joep van Lieshout has been fascinated by lamps ever since AVL started making furniture in the 1990’s, always blurring the line between autonomous and applied art while questioning the dogmas of unicity and authorship. Unlike chairs or tables, which always have to meet certain criteria of height, angle and solidity, the construction of lamps is not related to the shape, size or movements of the human body. Which means it can be anything, even an incubator or an operation table. In Van Lieshout’s opinion, if it radiates light, it’s a lamp.

The lamp’s singular functionality proved extremely fruitful creatively, as evidenced by Light in Darkness. Van Lieshout does not limit himself to any shape, type or style. Some of his creations might look conventional at first, but have been executed in robust steel or the base and the shade have been turned up side down making the light shine from below and elevating the base to the status of sculpture on a pedestal. The visual language often refers to known AVL themes, such as human anatomy, utilitarian objects necessary for survival and the relentless progression of time.

LOCATION

Schottenfeldgasse 45, 1070 Wien

+43 (1) 5128142

schottenfeld@galerie-krinzinger.at

KRINZINGER SCHOTTENFELD

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