Studio Job: MAD HOUSE

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“Studio Job: MAD HOUSE” at the Museum of Arts and Design

This review has been updated and has replaced its original post on March 28, 2016. 

The meeting, melding and tearing apart of the two designers, Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, are fully explored throughout this iconic exhibition of ideas, arguments, agreements and extraordinary talent.

First we have “the environment” created by the artists, which sets the stage for the “main event.” (Think amazing backdrops, wall and floor coverings.)

Then come two floors of these major outrageous objects the visitor is about to witness.

The surprises – and there are many of them – proliferate: Sculptures that range from the Delft Pyramid to the Pipe (a tribute to Magritte’s This is Not a Pipe) and a (totally functional) Horse Head vacuum cleaner. A major attraction is the Burj Khalifa, the skyscraper, ascended by none other than King Kong. The building rests upon a cast bronze Petra, the ancient Silk Road city of Jordan.

Moving on, there is a Train Wreck, which started innocently enough to be a table and later came to represent the breakup of their marriage.

These and many other representative, imaginative and finely wrought works of sculpture/art assault and amuse the senses during one’s travel through the two floors of Studio Job’s 57 pieces.

A monograph published by Rizzoli and Carpenters Workshop Gallery is called “Studio Job: Monkey Business,” and once having seen the show, one cannot help but agree.

Barbara Tober

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