studio job at carpenters workshop gallery studio job at carpenters workshop gallery
mar 18, 2010

studio job at carpenters workshop gallery

studio job at carpenters workshop gallery‘crane lamp’, 2010 bronze, light fittings 163 x 162 x 39 cm edition of 6 + 1 AP

 

 

studio job carpenters workshop gallery, london march 18th – may 8th, 2010

the belgian-dutch studio job has designed two new works: ‘crane lamp’ and ‘wrecking ball lamp’, specifically for their show at the carpenters workshop gallery, london.

 

 

the ‘crane lamp’ is a floor-standing bronze structure. an enforced cord runs through the core of the sculpture to a hanging light and shade. the lamp is indicative of studio job’s attention to detail – small bulbs light the boom point from which the jib hangs. the crane is an ancient invention with a long history of industrial use. in this case, studio job has miniaturized it into an ornamental design object.

 

‘crane lamp’, 2010 bronze, light fittings 163 x 162 x 39 cm edition of 6 + 1 AP

 

‘crane lamp’, 2010 (detail) bronze, light fittings 163 x 162 x 39 cm edition of 6 + 1 AP

 

‘crane lamp’, 2010 (detail) bronze, light fittings 163 x 162 x 39 cm edition of 6 + 1 AP

 

‘crane lamp’, 2010 (detail) bronze, light fittings 163 x 162 x 39 cm edition of 6 + 1 AP

 

drawing of ‘crane lamp’, 2010

 

‘wrecking ball lamp’, 2010 bronze, light fittings 60 x 64.5 x 29 cm edition of 6 + 1 AP

‘wrecking ball lamp’ is cast from solid bronze, which continues with the industrial theme. a bulldozer forms the base, while the ‘wrecking ball’ is the light source, showcasing studio job’s subtle humor.

 

‘wrecking ball lamp’, 2010 bronze, light fittings 60 x 64.5 x 29 cm edition of 6 + 1 AP

 

‘wrecking ball lamp’, 2010 bronze, light fittings 60 x 64.5 x 29 cm edition of 6 + 1 AP

 

swinging the ‘wrecking ball’ bronze, light fittings 60 x 64.5 x 29 cm edition of 6 + 1 AP

 

‘wrecking ball lamp’, 2010 (detail) bronze, light fittings 60 x 64.5 x 29 cm edition of 6 + 1 AP

 

drawing of ‘wrecking ball lamp’, 2010

 

alongside the new light works, studio job will exhibit five pieces from their ‘industry’ series, which use depictions of traditional and contemporary iconography. the bold silhouettes are executed in white bird’s eye maple which has been inlaid within an indian rosewood setting. here, animals and insects mingle with industrial buildings and tools, and the viewer is forced to recognize the dichotomy between the natural or organic, and the manmade or destructive. the images are presented as if they have been fossilized, with a sense that both will have their downfalls which will forever be embedded within history.

 

industry screen, 2009 indian rosewood, bird’s eye maple matt polyurethane coating 185 x 220 x 5 cm edition of 6 + 2AP

the ‘industry’ series offers an ironic commentary that not only the natural and man made are oppositions, but that they are very much cohabitants of the twenty-first century. each piece is finished with reference to the seventh-century marquetry methods of andre-charles boulle (1642-1732). though studio job has used laser technology to cut each of the veneers, they have continued the hand-crafted process in the careful arrangement and application of each piece. they have employed each object of the series as a ‘canvas’ in which to construct a modern day moment mori; a plethora of visual metaphors which act as signifiers either of bucolic nature or mass-destruction which is associated with industrialism.

 

industry cabinet, 2009 indian rosewood, bird’s eye maple matt polyurethane coating 170 x 120 x 50 cm edition of 6 + 2AP

 

industry cabinet, 2009 (detail) indian rosewood, bird’s eye maple matt polyurethane coating 170 x 120 x 50 cm edition of 6 + 2AP

 

industry dressoir, 2009 indian rosewood, bird’s eye maple matt polyurethane coating 90 x 180 x 40 cm edition of 6 + 2AP

 

table, 2009 indian rosewood, bird’s eye maple matt polyurethane coating 76 x 240 x 90 cm edition of 6 + 2AP

 

table, 2009 (detail) indian rosewood, bird’s eye maple matt polyurethane coating 76 x 240 x 90 cm edition of 6 + 2AP

 

industry pedestal, 2009 indian rosewood, bird’s eye maple matt polyurethane coating 90 x 35 x 35 cm edition of 6 + 2AP

  • we really needed this stuff…

    marvin says:
  • Right Marvin, we’ve been waiting for ages.

    Gct says:
  • great work.

    chris says:
  • this comment refers to marvins
    and I guess to studio job
    he already said it

    why? says:
  • flog it till its dead
    no, REALLY dead

    isitdeadyet says:
  • I like the crane.

    ipo says:
  • Most people commenting here have nothing to say. They wait for new stimulus. Why should we always expect from a completely new way of expression?
    I really appreciate artists and designers following their own research and not hunting for the new.
    And to me Job’s research is very contemporary, critic, and dark, in the tradition of Hieronymus Bosch.

    Scott says:
  • I like these lamps, they have an appealing esthetic. No doubt they will have a hefty price tag. It’s creators is an established designer duo.
    Any beginning designer would possibly attract attention but could not ask high prices. And that’s because it is not really innovative or genius. It is not the start of a scale model revolution in the interior. As a gimmick it is nice.

    Airborn says:
  • Lamps are sweet and funny. Functional adult-size toys. Too bad they don’t work kinetically via remote control — what fun at a party.

    The furniture with fake inlays very appealing, darkly interesting and clever pattern design.

    Tom P says:
  • That crane lamp/light is an insult to c. jere’s original, which incorporates the crane into an actual deign aesthetic instead of a poorly scaled copy:

    http://www.1stdibs.com/archivesD/upload/8518/281/265_1-01.jpg

    Otherwise, their contemporary use of ornamentation and marquetry is spot on.

    Joseph says:

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