Studio Job: Robber Baron collection @ Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Carpenters Workshop Gallery presents a series of 5 outstanding pieces of functional furniture. The provoking exhibition series “Robber Baron” consists of a cabinet, a mantel clock, a table, a standing lamp and a jewel safe all made entirely in bronze and constructed with laser-cut techniques. Robber Baron is a term used to describe the rich American bankers of the 19th century.

The Table dominates the gallery space with its impressive appearance; a patinated bronze factory, whose architecture is inspired by early 20th century industrial parallels including the AEG factory of Peter Behrens and the Battersea Power Station, a London landmark known for its four gigantic chimneys. The Table’s four chimneys produce a cloud of pollution made of polished and gilded bronze. Right behind it the Standing Lamp catches the visitor’s eye. The large patinated bronze floor lamp with a height of 1.60m. and a weight of 449kg combines three well known architectural examples: the Parthenon as its base, the Empire State Building as the main body and the dome of Saint Peter, all incorporated wittingly to form this exceptional piece. A Zeppelin docked at the pinnacle refers to the failure of the initial plan of the Empire State building, whose top spire was originally designed and intended as a mooring station for Zeppelin airships. A bronze cloud compliments its entire appearance, which becomes even more impressive when the hundreds of windows glow when lit. The patinated Jewel Safe (122m. high) with the polished bronze Jack-in-the-Box head carrying an oinochoe with engraved insects is another amazing produce of the series. This safe’s fascinating mechanism operates by turning the clown’s nose, which operates a locking mechanism.
The expressive works of Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel who are the faces behind Studio Job are highly sophisticated pieces that, apart from the profound constructional techniques, also incorporate a strong narrative context. Power, corruption and the industrial world are the main themes of this series, all presented through extremely imaginative representations. It is not accidental why the two artists have become so successful in the last 10 years and their work is now featured at major collections and exhibitions worldwide.
|Kostas Prapoglou