Carpenters Workshop Gallery welcomes a Studio Job exhibition

Carpenters Workshop Gallery


Ten years ago, Carpenters Workshop Gallery opened their first space in Chelsea, London, in a former carpenter’s workshop (hence the gallery’s name). Since then, co-founders Julien Lombrail and Loïc Gaillard have increasingly, and most significantly, expanded their initial project to transcend design through art. With the opening of new spaces in Mayfair (2008), Paris (2011) and more recently New York, the gallery is now a staple in international art and design. The gallery puts forward great names such as Wendell Castle, Maarten Baas, or the Campana brothers. In their Parisian home (located in the Marais), the duo continued their 10-year anniversary celebratory programme with the opening of an exhibition by another pioneering duo, Studio Job. Entitled “Here, There, Nowhere”, this solo show brings together the iconic work of Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, who have made a name for themselves with their provocative approach and, to say the least, their bold design aesthetic on the verge of contemporary art. Using bronze as their signature, Studio Job revolves around the notions of dream, technicality, and noble materials. Their work is as hyperrealistic as it is phantasmagorical: their objects always embody a narrative, whether political, historical, or anecdotal, and often conveys a well thought-out satire. This is the case for “Big Ben (Aftermath)”, an imposing reproduction of the London monument : the duo depicts it destroyed from within, and with an incongruous red bus sitting on its top. It gives the visitor an incentive to dream without ever taking themselves too seriously, just like the artists do.

Studio Job,”Here, There, Nowhere”
January 19 to March 11, 2017
Carpenters Workshop Gallery
54 rue de la Verrerie 75004 Paris

Photos: Virgile Guinard
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