Atelier van Lieshout: GIO MARCONI.
For years Joep van Lieshout, the man behind AVI., has prophesied the advent of an autarkic society that would obtain its energy almost solely from the life force of its own members: They could be sacrificed in a ritual or a more simply practical manner for the survival of the group, which in any case is limited in numbers and always at the edge of subsistence, like those tribes reduced to a few nasty, dirty, unpleasant individuals described by Claude Levi-Strauss in Tristes Tropiques. This is not the work of an anthropologist, however, but an artist's conviction, expressed so strongly that it ends up being emotionally compelling. Such is van Lieshours art, and it is no accident that it has borrowed from many of the narrative and visual nightmares that have populated the human and artistic imagination throughout the centuries: Hieronymus Bosch's monsters peep through many of these totems (one is even titled Hieronymus), as do Goyaesquc "disasters of wan" Other contemporary Dutch and Flemish artists might also come to mind, leading one to wonder what it is in the local soil that's led to the flourishing of this sadomasochistic and scatological imagination, in any case, the regression to a merely instinctual level that would push humans to organize Themselves into minuscule communities, bypassing more rational social relationships, is what fascinates van Lieshout. Since founding AVL in 1995, he has been utterly successful in his goal of constructing a symbolic-visual system suitable to the expression of this instinct--in which stylization and metaphor go hand in hand with literalism of meaning and narration.
Translated from luiium by Miirgueriie Show.
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|Title Annotation:||art exhibition entitled 'New Tribal Labyrinth'|
|Date:||Mar 1, 2012|
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