atelier van lieshout power hammers into grimm gallery
 
atelier van lieshout power hammers into grimm gallery atelier van lieshout power hammers into grimm gallery
jan 16, 2015

atelier van lieshout power hammers into grimm gallery

atelier van lieshout power hammers into grimm gallery
(above) schaafband, 2014
all images by PH. GJ. van rooij, courtesy of atelier van lieshout / grimm gallery

 

 

 

atelier van lieshout: power hammer
grimm gallery, amsterdam
on now until march 7th, 2015

 

the artistic practice of atelier van lieshout (AVL) extends from an enthusiasm which surrounds the industrial — machines of power and revolution, labour and self-sufficiency — with a focus on social utopia and alternative models of life. the dutch studio’s ‘power hammer’ exhibition at grimm gallery, is a continued exploration of these notions, presenting new sculptures which expand on AVL’s previous ‘the new labyrinth series’ offering up pieces which approach tools and machinery from a different perspective in order to ignite a neo-industrial revolution further.

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‘power hammer’ presents sculptures that reference industry and machinery which speaks of manual labour
(above) ‘panta negra pantokrator’, 2014

 

 

 

the works of ‘power hammer’ stands to express AVL’s belief that as a society we cannot just consume and use, but that real products and manufacturing should be made and grown around us, by us. through each sculpture, atelier reinterprets and re-evaluates symbols of industry — factories, installations of industrial revolution, manual labour — envisioned through an improvised style with contemporary materials.

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the pieces on show are familiar, envisioned in an improvised style with contemporary materials

 

 

 

the exhibition addresses the impression that in contemporary western society it seems that physical labour is something that is reserved for ‘others’; whereby we find ourselves occupied only with form and aesthetics, rather than the effort and exertion put into the realization of an object. it is AVL’s conviction that we need to return to a particular idealism of production, a point whereby shape and character of material are the determine the design. the new sculptures not only refer to a romantic longing to return to industry, but also emphasize the fact that it has in fact brought western society freedom, wealth and prosperity.

 

the new sculptures presented in ‘power hammer’ project a world which returns to farming and living from the land, going back to a simple and sufficient way of life — a return to the rudimentary.

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general installation view of ‘power hammer’ which displays tools and hardware of production

 

 

 

 

 joep van lieshout of AVL explains: ‘industry used to play a vital role, as it enabled societies based on farming to reach a higher level of development and prosperity. nowadays however, everything that reminds us of physical production has been banned from our society, and has subsequently been removed from our sight. our role is only to design, no longer to produce. in fact, all the things which we find undesirable seems to have been banished. farm animals disappear into anonymous mega-stables, prisons and mental institutions get moved out to remote business parks. the only thing left in our sanitized world is consumption: retail, recreation, restaurants. this reinvention of the industrial revolution wants to make a link with, but at the same time transcend, the utopian socialist arts and crafts movement that tried to close the gap between designer, producer and user. just like the arts and crafts movement wanted to protect craftsmanship against the effects of industrialization, AVL wants to protect industry. industry and production should be a part of our society, as should be manual labour, pollution and hardship. as a society we cannot just consume and use, real products should be made and grown.’

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atelier van lieshout power hammer grimm gallery designboom
general view of AVL’s ‘power hammer’ exhibition at grimm gallery

 

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‘vetnippel’, 2014

 

atelier van lieshout power hammer grimm gallery designboom
(left) ‘nail’, 2014
(right) ‘turning tools’, 2014

 

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installation view of tool sculptures by atelier van lieshout

 

atelier van lieshout power hammer grimm gallery designboom

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