Friday, December 14, 2012

ARTISTS I LIKE: ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT


Bikini Bar, 2006

From mobile abortion clinics to sensory deprivation chambers in the shape of a human skull (not to mention enough "I See Penises" to fill an entire calendar year), Belgian art collective Atelier Van Lieshout's endearing, sexually-charged work offers a tongue-in-cheek repartee to our troubling political landscape's worst offenses-- constructed with all the naive charm of a middle school science fair project.  Sculptural slapstick for some, fun and games for others-- I'm certainly a fan.  Atelier Van Lieshout sets the stage for our post-apocalypic beaches-in-Greenland future: survivalist chic as a serious joke.

Here are just a few examples from their extensive portfolio:


Dickhead (Sensory Deprivation), 2004


SlaveCity-- Female Slave University, 2005


SlaveCity-- Male Slave University, 2007


SlaveCity-- 5 Star Brothel for Males, 2005


Fertility Lamp, 2009


Le Magnifique, 2010


Course of Life, 2009


Pappamamma, 2008


Sensory Deprivation Skull, 2007


Les Mammifères, 2006


Prick Medical Model, 2002


Sport Nouveau, 2003


SlaveCity-- Luxurious Female Brothel, 2006


SlaveCity Drawings, 2005-ongoing


Alfa Alfa with Chicken Run, 1999


Clip-On, 1997


Mercedes with 57mm Cannon, 1998


Fist-Fucking AVL Men, 2002


Man With Prick, 2002


Modular AVL Man, 1999


Organs, 2003

3 comments:

  1. cool
    I especially like their "Pappamamma"

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  2. He's Dutch, and his art collective is located in Rotterdam, the city I live in... ;-)

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  3. who knew mercedes made an "el camino"?!

    wondering if the europe has trailer parks & hillbillies, too.

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