Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson | Rotterdam, Netherlands
Mike Bouchet, Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, Riley Harmon and Atelier Van Lieshout
What’s wrong with this picture?
AVL Mundo, Keileweg 14, 3029 BS Rotterdam, Netherlands
September 7th – September 23rd, 2018
Confronted with works that contain dark humour, ask urgent questions and present a bleak view on reality, visitors are forced to think about what we take for granted and to ask themselves, “What’s wrong with this picture?”
AVL Mundo is proud to present the group exhibition ‘What’s wrong with this picture?’ featuring works by Mike Bouchet, Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, Riley Harmon and Atelier Van Lieshout. The exhibition is open on weekends from Friday, 7 September until Sunday, 23 September, and features a complementary programme of music and artist talks.
The full programme can be found on our website: www.avlmundo.org
About the artists
Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson
Libia Castro (b. 1970, Spain) and Ólafur Ólafsson (b. 1973) live in Rotterdam and Berlin and have collaborated and exhibited internationally since 1996. The work of this artist duo is always on the move. Sometimes taking elements from earlier projects with them to their next destination, they once again enter into a relationship with their current surroundings. By means of portraying, mapping, intervening and informally collaborating with people they meet, they explore space, the environment and its dynamics in different possible and impossible ways. Their projects have an open-ended structure and often result in playful, poetic, subversive and critical works.
Since the early 1990s, Mike Bouchet has been producing a seemingly boundless array of conceptually rigorous works—including paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, actions, interventions, and performances—through which he critically questions political, economic, and cultural systems and the role of the artist in society. At once deadly serious and highly absurd, his works walk the line between art and life, fantasy and reality, often purposely creating confusion between these categories. In Carpe Denim (2004), for example, he highlighted the insatiable consumer demand for cheap products by having his own brand of blue jeans manufactured in Colombia. Rather than importing and selling his jeans, Bouchet loaded them into an airplane and had them dropped onto the city in which they were manufactured.
Riley Harmon (1987, US) is an artist working in the Netherlands and was previously a resident of the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten. His creative activity originated growing up in community oriented theater and his work has been featured in publications such as Rolling Stone, Wired, and American Theatre magazine. Central to his practice is a process of para documentary, the weaving of truth and magical realism, and a sense of uncanny ontological vertigo – which take shape in performances, films, objects, live experiences, installations and collaborations with other artists from different disciplines.
Atelier Van Lieshout
Atelier Van Lieshout is the studio founded by enfant terrible and sculptor Joep van Lieshout(1963, Ravenstein). After graduating at De Ateliers, Amsterdam, Van Lieshout quickly rose to fame with projects that travelled between the world of easy-clean design and the non-functional area of art: sculpture and installations, buildings and furniture, utopias and dystopias.
In 1995, Van Lieshout founded his studio and has been working solely under the studio’s name ever since. The studio moniker exists in Van Lieshout’s practice as a methodology toward undermining the myth of the artistic genius. Over the past three decades, Van Lieshout has established a multidisciplinary practice that produces works on the borders between art, design, and architecture. By investigating the thin line between manufacturing art and mass-producing functional objects, he seeks to find the boundaries between fantasy and function, between fertility and destruction.
With this body of work, comprising both autonomous and commissioned artworks, he has gained a strong international reputation.