DATE & TIME
Thursday 8th February 2018
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm – Talk on Design with Loic Le Gaillard
7:30pm to 8:00pm – Presentation with the artists of the exhibition by Atelier Van Lieshout
8:00pm to 10:00pm – Stand-up dinner
Scandia House, Albermale Street, Mayfair, London W1
Loic Le Gaillard, co-founder of Carpenters Workshop Gallery, will tell us about the global design history and its trends. He will also focus on the famous contemporary designers to know.
The talk will take place in Loic’s private office where we will have the chance to meet the artists of Atelier Van Lieshout. It will be the opportunity to discuss about their current show at the gallery and about the buzz surrounding their work at Fiac.
CARPENTERS WORKSHOP GALLERY
Carpenters Workshop Gallery transcends classical borders in terms of art and design. Its proposal stands just at the intersection of these two universes: reaching precisely a symbiosis of art and design.
Carpenters Workshop Gallery produces and exhibits functional sculptures by international rising and already established artists and designers going outside their traditional territories of expression. The gallery is actively involved in the research and production of the limited edition works exhibited. The choices are guided by the research of an emotional, artistic and historical relevance; a relevance that appears as an evidence.
The gallery relies on the partnership of childhood friends, Julien Lombrail & Loic Le Gaillard. They first opened a space in London’s Chelsea in 2006 in a former carpenter’s workshop; they then followed with a second space in Mayfair in 2008. The opening of a 600 square metre space in Paris in 2011 in the heart of Le Marais district, an address steeped in history as it was previously occupied by the Galerie de France for several decades, was a return to their roots.
2015 marks a major turning point for Carpenters Workshop Gallery with the opening of Carpenters Workshop | Roissy, a 8,000 m2 space unique globally, dedicated to research dedicated to artistic research and development, bringing together the elite of artisans, an homage to the heritage to French ‘Arts Décoratifs’.
Carpenters Workshop Gallery | New York is the lastest step in the gallery’s remarkable development. This new space confirms today the leadership and dominant position of the gallery in the international territory of art and design.
LOIC LE GAILLARD
While Loïc Le Gaillard was born in Paris, he’s called London home for over twenty years, having moved there to study business. Having spent a good portion of his career in marketing, he decided to take a huge leap in 2006 and open up a gallery in a carpenter’s workshop in Chelsea. It seemed only fitting to name the gallery Carpenters Workshop Gallery, especially since many of the featured handmade functional sculptures were made using artisanal techniques. Soon after, he joined forces with a childhood friend, Julien Lombrail, who had similar goals and business styles with his gallery in Paris and the Carpenters Workshop Gallery was officially born. Since then, they’ve opened another space in London in Mayfair’s historic Albemarle Street, as well as their third space in Marais, Paris. They continue to grow by supporting both rising artists along with established names in contemporary art, all the while keeping things fresh in the design meets art world.
ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT
Sculptor Joep van Lieshout was born in 1963 in Ravenstein, The Netherlands. He is the progenitor of AVL-ville, a self sufficient free-state in the port of Rotterdam named after the studio he founded in 1995.
For three decades van Lieshout has produced work that straddles art, design and architecture; sharing recurring themes of systems, power, life, sex, death and the human individual amidst the greater whole.
AVL gained international recognition for sculptural installations featuring controversial or sinister nuances. Alongside playful perversion, the work conveys disdain for limitation and longing for freedom. Van Lieshout considers the body to be divine architecture with the viewer invited to interact with manufactured interior spaces resembling internal organs, acting out taboos and wish fulfilment.
His work Sensory Deprivation Skull allows the experience entering one’s own head, offering a period and place of mental respite. Wellness Skull houses a sauna and a bath within its form, proffering more hedonistic relaxation.
AVL’s projects traverse clean design and non-functional sculptures doubling as habitats, fusing luxury with anarchic independence from conventional living.