Exhibition

Atelier Van Lieshout

Furnification

Paris

Carpenters Workshop Gallery

7 September - 8 December 2017

About the Exhibition

Carpenters Workshop Gallery is proud to present Furnification, a solo exhibition by Joep van Lieshout. Furnification features the results of van Lieshout’s recent sculptural experiments to invent a new material vocabulary. The exhibited sculptures are part of a series that the artist refers to as CryptoFururism in which he revisits the Italian Futurists a century later to look at resonances with emerging Fascist tendencies today. Van Lieshout uses his art to reveal the interplay between Utopia and destruction. With CryptoFuturism, van Lieshout sets out to destroy in order to renew and start again, to hit the reset button. Van Lieshout’s fascination with man and machine, environment and consumption, society and systems have driven him to built a group of raw, industrial artworks – hammers, presses, shredders and rollers – that can be interpreted as machines for either construction or destruction, as a negative or positive force, as a break from tradition, and a change for the future. Their primary goal is to recycle, be it scrap, consumer goods, artworks even, to create new works of art and a new sculptural language. The machines are, however, also sculptures in their own right.

Using these hand-made recycling machines, van Lieshout created works such as Hydroform and Crash Cabinet, are intended as a test for apparently indestructible objects. Everyday items such as gas canisters and fire extinguishers were pitted against the power of hydraulic cylinders, drop hammers, and other self-built machines, a merciless struggle that reveals vulnerability. Simultaneously, sculptures like the Walking Sticks and Venus Lamp reflect society’s renewed interest in divergent political movements, our ongoing search for new leaders and visionaries who incite the masses and lead the way into the future.

In Furnification van Lieshout not only pushes the limits of materials, but also questions civilization, the world that we have created. This tainted optimism, the urge to destroy and to renew, the interplay between the dystopian and the utopian is what defines van Lieshout’s work. Over his 30-year career, van Lieshout has established a multidisciplinary practice that produces works on the borders between art, design, and architecture, projects that vary size, scale, and context yet always mirror or anticipate the future of our world.

Featured Works

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⁣ Martin Laforêt⁣⁣ ​'Inside Out'⁣⁣ ​30 January - 30 April 2020⁣⁣ ​Carpenters Workshop Gallery London⁣⁣ ​4 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4GA. ⁣⁣ ​⁣ ​Carpenters Workshop Gallery presents 'Inside Out', the first ever solo exhibition by the French artist Martin Laforêt, pictured here in our Mitry-Mory facility with a selection of his works. ⁣ ​⁣ ​Featuring ten limited-edition objects combining the mould as part of the piece, this show sees Laforêt blending concrete with oak and bronze for the first time.⁣⁣ ​⁣⁣ ​@martinlaforet @carpentersworkshopgallery #MouldCollection #CollectibleDesign #4AlbemarleStreet
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The calm before the storm. The Carpenters Workshop The calm before the storm. The Carpenters Workshop Gallery team at our Mitry-Mory facility are currently preparing for all of our upcoming exhibitions, including one artist's debut solo show - who do you think it might be? @carpentersworkshopgallery #WendellCastle #CollectibleDesign #Bronze #RethinkArt
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#ThrowbackThursday to Rick Owens' performance for #ThrowbackThursday to Rick Owens' performance for the benefit of The Friends of the Center Pompidou. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ​Pictured here is @christeene_official atop Rick's 'B.Bed (Black Plywood)', in front of Yves Klein's 'Grande Anthropophagie bleue, Hommage à Tennessee Williams, (1960)⁣⁣. ​⁣⁣ ​@centerpompidou @rickowensonline @lalamichmich @christeene_official #YvesKlein #IKB #CollectibleDesign #RickOwens #FriendsOfTheCentrePompidou
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A view into of the living room of @theellenshow an A view into of the living room of @theellenshow and @portiaderossi designed by @clementsdesign - featuring a 'Table Base Disques (6 Plaques)'. by Ingrid Donat and a 'Stance' side table by Charles Trevelyan. #carpentersworkshopgallery #InteriorDesign #EllenDeGeneres #collectibledesign #IngridDonat #CharlesTrevelyan
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