Joep van Lieshout
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Residency August 8-September 15, 1998

Joep van Lieshout

Walker commissioned The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, an architectural sculpture in 2 parts: a "cabin" and a "mobile unit," which was placed in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in September 1998. The cabin will remain in the Garden and be the home to various education and community-based programs. Beginning July of 1999, the mobile unit will travel to different community sites within the 2-mile radius of Walker to engage a range of neighborhood residents in arts and educational activities. Tour and activities will be programmed in collaboration with neighborhood and community organizations.

"In comparison with many other artworks, the work of Atelier van Lieshout is simple, straightforward, and is no-nonsense. It leaves much to your own imagination, you can make of it what you want. People either like the work or hate it. It's good, bad, and ugly all at the same time." --Joep van Lieshout

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, a new interactive work by the Dutch collective Atelier van Lieshout, was unveiled on Saturday, September 12, in conjunction with the Walker Art Center's celebration A Cherry Jubilee, marking the 10th anniversary of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. An eye-catching hybrid of architecture and sculpture, this whimsical work consists of a full-scale wood house, designed after traditional pioneer shelters, and an aluminum and fiberglass detachable mobile unit that will travel into community neighborhoods beginning Spring 1999. The Mobile Art Lab will be used as a site for hands-on activities, performances, lectures, and community gatherings. The creation and installation of Atelier van Lieshout's sculpture and mobile unit is made possible by a major grant from The Medtronic Foundation.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is "an effective metaphor for the Walker's mission," says visual arts curator Philippe Vergne. "The mobile unit literally moves us beyond the museum walls, emphasizing accessibility, portability, and everyday integration of the arts." Created by the Atelier van Lieshout, the collaborative group of artists headed by Joep van Lieshout, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly also incorporates input from the Twin Cities community which was invited to submit comments about its design and the activities to take place inside the mobile unit.

Based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, where he graduated from the Art Academy, Joep van Lieshout and his studio of collaborators create simple, straightforward, and functional designs, including furniture and movable, modern shelters. Writing in The New York Times about van Lieshout's work at last spring's Milan Furniture Fair, Aaron Betsky noted: "It was the absolute ordinariness of Mr. van Lieshout's work that seemed to astonish the crowd. By taking humble materials, forms and situations and then neither satirizing nor idealizing them, Mr. van Lieshout invited us to examine our own attitudes about what is good design, and what is beautiful. . . ."