Atelier Van Lieshout - Design London Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | Phillips
  • Exhibited

    Roger Pailhas Gallery, Marseille, 2003; "Greetings From AVL", Lille, 2004; "Happy Forest", Kröller Müller Museum, Otterlo, 4 June – 2 October 2005

  • Literature

    Atelier Van Lieshout, Rotterdam, 2007, p. 66

  • Catalogue Essay

    Joep van Lieshout loves the cogent logic of Machiavelli and the delirium of the senses of De Sade, the mechanics and films of Fellini, treatises on chemistry and recipe books, Foucault and Pasolini. His work reflects the complexity of reality, underlining its contradictions, fearlessly mixing the rational and the irrational. The form of the spaces of van Lieshout, like the sculptures, the objects, even the drawings – designs, descriptions, 'user’s manuals'– is directly based on the situation for which they have been created. But the artist’s idea of how to resolve a function shapes the form and directly intervenes in reality, proposing new, alternative ways of living and acting. Turkish Chair, seen in this show, is a sculpture with a sinuous profile, but it is also a comfortable, functional chair that can be raised or lowered, oriented or reclined. But what can you do once you’re seated? Van Lieshout rethinks the function, in keeping with his vision of the world; thus a series of armrests and knobs permit different positions, betraying an invitation to play, encouraging the user to experiment with desires and impulses. Maxi Capsule Hotel Room is a space that redefines the terms of dwelling, sojourn and rest. The logic and functional efficiency of the space coincide with elements that open the way for a playful, emotional dimension. Soft and welcoming, padded with carpeting, mattresses, pillows inside. Intriguing and captivating on the outside, thanks to the smooth form in bright red fiberglass. Maxi Capsule Hotel Room is a surreal work that stimulates the imagination, but it is also a space that has been designed down to the smallest details – from the climate control system to the lighting, to the shelving for luggage and personal effects – in order to provide its 'guests' with a restful stay. Rule and transgression, logic and passion, instinct and reason take form in an essential, rigorous but image-filled aesthetic that proposes a radical alternative to current ethics and aesthetics.
      --Cloe Piccoli


‘Mini Capsule Side Entrance’ environment

Coated fiberglass, stained plywood, glass, plastic, metal, fabric.
180.3 x 243.8 x 218.4 cm. (71 x 96 x 86 in)
Number two from an edition of two.

£18,000 - 24,000 

Sold for £29,300


24 Apr 2008, 2pm