Thursday, September 1, 2011

Dutch Profiles: Atelier van Lieshout - Funky Bones

In the mid nineties Joep van Lieshout rose to fame for his extraordinary Mobile Homes, and has since become one of the most exhibited and provocative artists in the Netherlands. The work of Joep van Lieshout balances between art and design. Van Lieshout wants his work to be integrated into daily life and not just simply viewed. In fact, he often uses design to express his artistic ideas.

Joep van Lieshout is fascinated by the functionality of complex systems. One of the systems that keeps coming back in his work is the body. Studio van Lieshout has found its home in the Rotterdam harbour. There Van Lieshout and his twenty employees are ably to realise there artistic projects, which include furniture and sculpture, but also weapons, medicine and money. One of the works getting ready to leave the studio is Funky Bones.

With themes such as survival and self-sufficiency being important to the work of van Lieshout, its not surprising that his wildest dream would be to redesign the human species. In a way that would better suit the future of our planet.

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