Studio Job Unveils New Works During Design Miami/.
November 29, 2016
Design duo Studio Job creates a new sculpture, commissioned by Faena Group partners, to be revealed in Miami in conjunction with the opening of Faena Forum, a ground-breaking multi-purpose cultural venue designed by Rem Koohaas of OMA.
Antwerp and Amsterdam-based design and art atelier Studio Job will unveil a new sculpture in Miami on November 29, 2016. Entitled Tree of Life, the sculpture will be permanently installed at the brand new Faena Forum located in Miami Beach.
The new sculpture is the latest work in an ongoing collaboration between Faena Group partners and Studio Job, whose 2015 project “Futopia Faena by Studio Job,” converted Faena Art Center Buenos Aires (FAC) into an immersive cathedral of light and color. The new installation features hand-painted and gilded sculpture rich in ornamentation and designed to capture the essence of Faena’s mission of fostering cross-cultural exchange.
“Tree of Life pays homage to one of Europe’s greatest goldsmiths at that time, Johann Melchior Dinglinger, honoring the bizarre renaissance days of the 17th century when the elector of Saxony, known as August the Strong ruled,” notes Job Smeet. “The piece is an important centerpiece in our lifelong practice of extreme craftsmanship and we were inspired to bring a contemporary take on these historic techniques.”
The monumental and detailed work is inspired by an array of memories and fragments of the imagination. Cast following age-old artistic production processes, the installation is made of bronze and aluminum, rare marble, crystals and mosaic. The grinding, welding, polishing, gilding, silvering, hand painting and assembly of this work were all technically engineered by the Studio Job atelier to be resistant to the weather conditions of Florida’s coastline.
Tree of Life is an ancient mythological and philosophical symbol alluding to the interconnectivity between the earth and the universe. The 26-ft sculpture represents a European oak tree tap dancing on the tips of its roots on a massive marble plinth. Its trunk holds a crystal cladded globe, endlessly spinning while wild roses slowly advance. At the top of the sculpture, Vermeer’s hand pours fresh milk over a cowboy’s hat that covers a massive brain and a polychrome rainbow. Tree of Life will permanently installed in front of the new Faena Forum designed by OMA’s Rem Koolhaas.
Since starting their practice in 2000, Studio Job have evolved their signature ornamental and opulent style to include bronze casting, 3D printing, gilding, marquetry and stained glass works all of which are inspired by a strong personal, historic, or sociocultural narrative. Their commitment to craftsmanship is reflected in this new work, which combines traditional methods with a contemporary vision.
Similar to “Futopia Faena by Studio Job” in the Faena Art Center in Buenos Aires, the sculpture draws from a unique cross-disciplinary approach to a create a highly intricate and vibrant set of work. In this way, the piece serves as a physical representation of Faena’s mission of catalyzing experimentation within and across artistic disciplines and fostering cross-cultural collaborations.