Füredi & van Lieshout (DE/NL)

Füredi & van Lieshout (DE/NL)

Artist duo Simone Furedi (DE) and Luc van Lieshout (HOL) create innovative digitally remastered photographs that explore socially critical themes and injustice of modern society using a humoristic approach. The mix of graphics, text and photography creates collages that simultaneously play with and challenge conventional stereotypes and cultural ideals such as aging, beauty and market-value. By using advertising and graphic tools their motifs get the question of over-consumption across. Their work reminds us to be aware of the constant flow of information and influence of advertising on our unconscious daily choices and values.

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Füredi & van Lieshout by (GHA)

Artist duo Simone Füredi and Luc van Lieshout create innovative digitally artworks that explore socially critical themes by using a humoristic approach. Simone Füredi is of German and Hungarian descent. She grew up in Berlin where she studied at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK Berlin, until 2001 HdK). Luc van Lieshout is Dutch and has studied Design at the Delft University of Technology, Holland.

The two artists met in 2013 whilst working at Kunstmuseum Thun in Switzerland and decided to become a team. Füredi explains that she was used to create art on her own, hence, working in a team she learnt to accept different opinions and to find common solutions. Van Lieshout was introduced to a new way of creating art. Before he made design projects; everything which could be reproduced. Together they began to create unique art pieces.

In their collaboration they implement two different views on art and therefore they have to carefully consider what they actual want to say. Sometimes they will disagree, but it will not be over an overall concept. It is a part of the artistic process to communicate, discuss and brief with each other. One thing that they do agree on is that the motivation for creating art never can be reduced to a decoration purpose, even though the works sometimes easily can be decorative.

Social criticism is the motivation of their art and a way to express their thoughts concerning problems in society. Inspiration thusly come from current global happenings. They say that they do not necessarily have the answers but they bring up questions – they want to make people think. In their eyes society is not perfect. The artistic duo wants to cultivate tolerance.

The mix of graphics, text and photography creates collages that simultaneously play with and challenge conventional stereotypes and cultural ideals such as aging, beauty and market-value. By using advertising and graphic tools their motives questions our culture’s tendency to over-consumption. Their work reminds us to be aware of the constant flow of information and influence of advertising on our unconscious daily choices and values. Lastly, it is emphasized that although their works are critical all of them have a sense of humour and bittersweetness to