The CryptoFuturist and The New Tribal Labyrinth; What is it??

Pioneer Works presents Atelier van Lieshout: The CryptoFuturist and the New Tribal Labyrinth in Red Hook, Brooklyn

The CryptoFuturist and The New Tribal Labyrinth; What is it??

Pioneer Works | Red Hook

Pioneer Works presents Atelier van Lieshout: The CryptoFuturist and the New Tribal Labyrinth in Red Hook, Brooklyn, with an opening reception on Friday, March 1, 2019, at 8pm. The exhibition will remain in place through April 14, 2019.

Over the past three decades, Atelier Van Lieshout has become known for radical, large-scale experiments in art, architecture, and design, which link the organization of labor, structures of power, and revolution to the end of the world’s resources and subsequent self-sufficiency. Decreeing his studio an atelier in 1995 to both undermine the artist-as-genius myth and place art and utility on equal footing, the studio has, among many other things, created an independent state in Rotterdam with its own constitution, currency, farm, weapons workshop, and distillery (AVL-Ville, 2001); a floating, reproductive health clinic offering free reproductive health care in international waters (A-Portable, 2001); and an insect farm for future food needs (Insect Farm, 2012).

For his largest-scale exhibition of work in the United States, The CryptoFuturist and The New Tribal Labyrinth, AVL brings together two ongoing bodies of work, among others, that give the exhibition its name. They transform Pioneer Works into an immersive installation of sculptures and industrial machines. Central to the artist’s New Tribal Labyrinth series is Blast Furnace (2013), an imposing, labyrinthine structure referencing the furnaces traditionally used to produce steel. The sculpture also contains domestic elements such as a kitchen, sleeping quarters, and toilets, an environment inhabited by an imaginary tribe of metalworkers, a “New Tribe” with a visceral desire to return to the beginning of industry, the origins of our culture, wealth, materials, and products. Setting the stage for the synthesis of man and machine, this tribe feeds off the heat, waste, and noise of their industrial utopia. Other works in this series literalize the union of the human and industrial through sculptural representations of sperm and reproductive organs doubling as lamps and furniture. They posit the human body as itself a kind of machine, endlessly procreating.

Works that are a part of AVL’s Crypto-Futurist series, meanwhile, take their name, in part, from the Greek kryptós—“hidden” or “secret,” as in a person covertly supporting a group, party, or belief. In this body of work, Van Lieshout revisits the Italian Futurists, who in the 20th century glorified new technologies, cities, and war. AVL finds in the Futurists a parallel to fascist tendencies we face today—genetics, robotics, big data—proposing a range of sculptural solutions to fundamental problems, like a machine that turns waste material into new food supplies, Food Reaktor (2013), or a DIY nuclear reactor, Nuclear Reactor (2016). Others, such as a hammer and sickle fashioned out of bronze, Hammer and Sickle (2016)—a symbol of the Russian Revolution—nods to the rise and fall of past political movements. A new work premiering at Pioneer Works, the Pendulum (2019), is a massive, mechanical clock powered by a swinging pendulum. It’s connected to a Mechanical Press (2019) that crushes objects daily beneath its ceiling-attached weight. The clock’s hands loudly tick, ominously counting down to the “end of everything” that ushers in the “beginning of everything,” a perpetual cycle of destruction and renewal characteristic of our constant search for utopia. The brutality of this process is viscerally exemplified by a series of 1,300-pound, crushing steel hammerblocks, displayed sculpturally on pedestals.

While Van Lieshout envisions utopian modalities for living, these can just as likely lead to a world of violence and extremism. Through exposing links between the past and the present, he lets the viewer play a game of nostalgia for bygone political theorems and movements.

The CryptoFuturist and The New Tribal Labyrinth by Atelier Van Lieshout

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Dance Entropy Performs UTOPIA At Pioneer Works

Pioneer Works presents Valerie Green/Dance Entropy (VG/DE) in a performance of Utopia at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn, on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at 8pm, as a part of Second Sundays: March 2019.

Choreographed by Valerie Green and in collaboration with visual artist Keren Anavy with original music by Mark Katsaounis, VG/DE’s newest evening length work, Utopia, explores the idea of a perfect place through dance and visual art.

What does Utopia mean to you? Is it a physical, external place—or, might it reside internally? The work questions whether Utopia might be an internal place, investigated through personal and intimate moments and alongside the community.

Anavy has turned her large-scale paintings into 10-foot cylindrical pillars to be used throughout the piece. The pillars act as an extension of the internal world, constantly forming barriers, spaces, and other environments for the dancers to both react to and orchestrate. The notion of what it means to be safe persists inside a dynamic art installation is in perpetual motion, being constantly built and dismantled. Acting as both props and set, Anavy’s painted pillars contribute to Utopia’s striking energy and challenge the viewer’s conception of how art, dance, and design interact with and influence one another. An original sound score created by Mark Katsaounis combines electronic sounds with acoustic percussion to make textures and moods that are as varied as the human experience.

“Meticulously Crafted, Contemplative, Mesmerizing.” – Catherine Grau, Queens Museum


Dance Entropy Performs UTOPIA At Pioneer Works on Sunday, March 10, 2019


About Valerie Green/Dance Entropy

Founded in 1998, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy believes in humanizing movement, both in Ms. Green’s critically acclaimed choreographic work and the company’s mission to plant creative seeds in communities across the world. Intersecting mortal and transcendent, sensual and sophisticated, visceral and self-aware, VG/DE invites the artist, the audience—the human—into a compelling, physical experience. Based out of its home studio, Green Space in Queens, NY, VG/DE combines performance and specialized outreach programs to inspire communities in cultural institutions throughout the world. As a professional nonprofit dance company, the communities we engage with have included at risk youth, adolescents, the chronically ill, trauma survivors, immigrants, senior citizens and aspiring/professional dancers.

Keren Anavy is an NYC-based visual artist, art educator and an art writer. Her interest is in the dynamic relationships between nature, culture and site, by challenging the boundaries of painting and drawing as a form of installation. Anavy has exhibited widely nationally and internationally, solo exhibitions include the Sunroom Project Space, Wave Hill, New York, The Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod and the Haifa Museum of Art in Israel. Recent shows have been at SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2018, New York; Cultural Institute Mexico-Israel, Mexico City; Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, Flux Factory, NARS Foundation, The Israel Museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the 2nd International Biennale of Painting and Sculptors, Croatia. Anavy is 2018 AIRIE Fellow, Everglades National Park, Florida. In Israel, she received her MFA from Haifa University; her BA in Art History from Tel Aviv University; and graduated from Hamidrasha School of Art, Beit Berl College.

Dance Entropy Performs UTOPIA At Pioneer Works on Sunday, March 10, 2019

Dance Entropy Performs UTOPIA At Pioneer Works on Sunday, March 10, 2019

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