Pioneer Works | Atelier van Lieshout "The CryptoFuturist and The New Tribal Labyrinth"

by Christopher Andrew Armstrong

Atelier van Lieshout debuts their newest show, The CryptoFuturist and The New Tribal Labyrinth, at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, New York on March 1st from 7-9 p.m.

Powered by Joep van Lieshout, who gained notoriety in 2017 when his work “Domestikator,” was pulled from the Louvre in Paris due it’s controversial content, which gave an impression as if two building were engaged in sexual activities with each other, Atelier van Lieshout (AVL) is a collective of artists who explore themes regarding power, politics, and various humanistic concerns such as life and, consequently, death.

AVL alters Pioneer Works with industrial installations and immersive sculptures which challenges the audience to consider the duality between opposing forces such as production versus destruction and belief versus disbelief. Headlined by Pendulum (2019) an active clock driven by a swinging pendulum, and Blast Furnace (2013), an imagined steel factory powered by a fictional tribe of workers, the exhibition allows viewers a glimpse into Lieshout’s perceived ideas of the future. Whether Lieshout presents this futuristic vision as utopian or dystopian is left for the audience to decide.

Joep Van Lieshout is currently at Pioneer Works 159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn, NY 11231