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Mini Alcohol Installation + Multifunnel 2004
Mini Alcohol Installation + Multifunnel 2004
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is very pleased to announce its first exhibition with Atelier van Lieshout, a multidisciplinary organization that operates internationally in the fields of contemporary art, design and architecture. Led by artist Joep van Lieshout, Atelier Van Lieshout is well-known for producing works that exist as both fine art and utilitarian structures. In making objects for use, with functionality influencing design, combined with a particular embrace of the ‘multiple’ as a method of communication and dissemination, AVL has sought to challenge the various established systems of value and marketing in the art world.

Mini Alcohol Installation 2004
Mini Alcohol Installation 2004
In ‘Humans, Machines and Body Parts,’ AVL further explores systems, functions and social structures through a focus on the operating mechanisms of the body itself. Specifically, this exhibition will feature new large-scale installations dealing with states of ingestion, digestion, and intoxication, together with a selection of sculptures and drawings. These works use the human figures and bodily systems as efficient models of production, consumption and recycling. Whereas earlier works by AvL, including colorful modular polyester furniture, customized mobile homes, and sensory deprivations chambers, were expressly intended for (somewhat extreme) real world use, this new body of work introduces fiction and narrative through the integration of surreal fiberglass figurative elements. The central installations in the exhibition, The Mini Alcohol installation and The Multi-Funnel, are sculptural combinations of human figures and machines. The figures seem to be victims of some kind of strange scientific experiment; their soft, weak shapes and appearance reflects their inability to control their own fate.

Both installations are elements from a larger, more complex AVL project, called The Technocrat, a fictional society comprised of 1000 members force-fed cheap food to produce an abundance of fecal waste. As illustrated in an earlier work, The Biogas installation, the waste is then captured and used to fuel and power The Technocrat, otherwise comprised of a sleeping area, a feeding installation. The alcohol distribution installation and multi-funnel feeding system serve to keep the ‘burghers’ populating the Technocrat, happy and subdued. Exploring concepts of freedom and extreme rationalism, the narrative serves as a model for self-sufficiency that is simultaneously nightmarish and utopian. Atelier van Lieshout was established in 1995 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Solo exhibitions have been presented at Camden Arts Center, London; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; and the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich. Atelier van Lieshout have participated in group exhibitions including Utopia Station, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice; the 25th Bienal of São Paolo, São Paolo; Wonderland, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis; and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
Funnelman 1, 2004
Funnelman 1, 2004

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