The Blast Furnace structure by Atelier Van Lieshout will be on view at Art Omi from May 2019 until 2021. 2019. Blast Furnace is a 40-foot-tall maze-like structure comprised of pipes, conveyor elevators, staircases, and
mezzanines. Blast Furnace is taken from AVL’s ongoing series New Tribal Labyrinth, which depicts society’s dependence on a complex, globalized economy, presenting viewers with a vision of a possible future. The series focuses on the three
main pillars of this new way of living: farming, industry and ritual objects. In weaving this narrative, Joep Van Lieshout refers to the drastic shifts in global and economic production where, in our current society, heavy industry is replaced
by a service-based, immaterial, information-led industry, resulting in a radical change in our understanding and contact with the world and objects around us. Blast Furnace is part of Art Omi’s 2019 exhibition program, officially opening on Saturday, May 25 from 1 – 4 p.m. The
opening celebrates recently installed sculptures by Andrea Bowers, Sarah Braman, Matthew Geller, Goshka Macuga, Virginia Overton, Arlene Shechet, Brian Tolle, and Christopher Wool, as well as the opening of To Be Of Use, an
exhibition of “useful” objects by David Shrigley. Also opening that day are architecture pavilions by Aleksandr Mergold, BASE Studio, Yolande Daniels, and Hou de Sousa. The event is free, and open to the public.
Art Omi presents the works of contemporary artists and architects over 120 acres of fields and forest, offering the opportunity to experience a range of large-scale works in a singular outdoor environment, along with the Newmark
Gallery. The Sculpture & Architecture Park currently offers more than 60 works of art and architecture on view, with pieces added or exchanged each year. Art Omi welcomes the public to its events and grounds free of charge, and is open daily from dawn until dusk. For more information, visit artomi.org.
Sculptor, painter and visionary Joep Van Lieshout (b. 1963 in Ravenstein, Netherlands) was accepted to the Rotterdam Academy of the Arts at sixteen years of age, and has been working solely under the name Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL) since the studio’s founding in 1995. AVL has established a multidisciplinary practice that produces works on the borders between art, design, and architecture. Notable projects have included AVL-Ville (2001), an independent state in Rotterdam with its own constitution and currency; A-Portable (2001), a floating, reproductive health clinic offering abortions in international waters; Insect Farm (2012), an insect farm which addresses future food needs; and Domestikator(2015), a lodging-sculpture depicting a man and animal procreating, which was censored by the Louvre and subsequently displayed at the Centre Pompidou. Work by AVL has been exhibited at museums and galleries worldwide, and is in the collections of MoMA, New York; FNAC, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Prada Foundation, Milan; and Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich.