atelier van lieshout: thin man atelier van lieshout: thin man
jun 13, 2011

atelier van lieshout: thin man

atelier van lieshout: thin man‘thin man’ by atelier van lieshout for carpenters workshop gallery

 

 

the carpenters workshop gallery, london presents specially commissioned works for design miami / basel 2011 including ‘thin man’ by the dutch atelier van lieshout. the bench is presented in the form of an emaciated figure, positioned to look as if it is crawling across the floor, his back considered an area for sitting. by using design as a cultural barometer, van lieshout taps into the consciousness of humanitarian circumstances, by not only empowering aesthetic form and social commentary, but also by serving a purpose as functional pieces.

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  • I guess any publicity is good publicity huh…

    This work is clearly based on the tom stottard world press photo:
    http://www.archive.worldpressphoto.org/search/layout/result/indeling/detailwpp/form/wpp/start/13/q/ishoofdafbeelding/true/trefwoord/year/1998?id=wpp%3Acol1%3Adat416

    john says:
  • is this work based on wilhelm lehmbrucks work?

    please note the origin of the shape, possibly:

    http://www.nrw-museum.de/der-gesturzte.html?attribute_set=11

    another example for extracting from the history…,
    don´t get this comment as a normative evaluation, just as an important note on sculptural developement considering the past,…don´t forget to remember …

    Marek says:
  • that’s tasteless

    Damian says:
  • I would have guess this James Nachtwey image as the source: [url=http://www.jamesnachtwey.com/jn/slides/g22.html] Sudan, 1993 – Famine victim in a feeding center. [/url]

    Ben says:
  • these photos all look relatively similar, which is a reminder that, sad, but it isn’t that hard to pull up an image of a thin and starving figure.

    it really isn’t about the source or shape of it, i mean its a realistic skinny emanciated person. but the concept of it definitely works with this feeling of discomfort with the thought about sitting on the figure itself.

    also, not only should we not forget it is a reminder of the past like marek said, we should also remember things like this still currently exist.

    Anne says:
  • Am I the only one who is thinking: Bruno?

    Or is that too obvious?

    paper tiger says:
  • This work is a comment about our `civilized ` cultures which are literally supported by poorer societies. I think it`s important to look past where the `original` idea might or might not have come from, or whether it`s in good taste. It`s a wake up call, and I commend them for it.

    Rob says:

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