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Atelier Van Lieshout, The Farm, 2011, foam, Japanese rice paper, fiberglass, approx. 65 x 59 x 58".

Atelier Van Lieshout

Gió Marconi

Atelier Van Lieshout, The Farm, 2011, foam, Japanese rice paper, fiberglass, approx. 65 x 59 x 58".

“New Tribal Labyrinth” was the latest chapter in Atelier Van Lieshout’s ongoing saga about a world destined to regress to small social groups dominated by a primordial struggle for survival. And yet at first glance, the sixteen new works shown in Milan—both large and small sculptures—didn’t convey this theme; one might have thought this was simply an exhibition of biomorphic abstract sculpture. In The Farm (all works 2011), vaguely organic forms made from foam, rice paper, and fiberglass seem to issue directly from the spatial play between solid and void à la Henry Moore or Isamu Noguchi. These shaped are like blown-up details of unidentifiable body parts from which some known and more defined forms suddenly emerge—a dissected cow, a horse’s head traversed by underlying tunnels, a flayed body spread out on a table. Sinuous concave-convex forms reveal the stylized

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