The Cryptofuturist And The New Tribal Labyrinth
Pioneer Works presents the largest-scale exhibition of work by Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL) in the United States. The centerpiece of The CryptoFuturist and The New Tribal Labyrinth is Blast Furnace (2013), a 40-foot-tall industrial structure resembling a steel maze of pipes, conveyor elevators, staircases and mezzanines. At the center of the work is a fictional narrative wherein a "New Tribe" of metal workers, inspired by a desire to the return to industry, take residence in the structure. This sets the stage for the synthesis of man and machine and refers to the replacement of heavy industry by an immaterial, information-led economy. In the shadow of Blast Furnace are sculptures from AVL's ongoing series, "Crypto-Futurism," which draws parallels between the Italian Futurists' nationalist glorification of new technologies, cities, and war during the 20th century, and emerging fascist tendencies today. The most prominent of these works, Pendulum Press (2019), an oversized mechanical clock powered by a swinging pendulum, crushes objects—in some instances, the artist's own work—at a pre-destined time daily. With these machines, AVL breaks with the past and ushers in a metaphorical new "beginning of everything" by deconstructing sustainability with techno-modernist speed, and playing a game of nostalgia for bygone political theorems.
Venue: Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer St Map
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