I love Studio Job masterpieces and this latest one created for Land Rover couldn’t be better. In celebration of 65th birthday of Land Rover, Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel were invited to come up with a special version of the car. The result is a masterpiece, a summary of their whole oeuvre in all its layered facets.
In order to enhance the vehicle’s history and aura, Studio Job was asked to take this 4×4 in hand. In their own way, they have created an ode to the vehicle that makes many of us dream of adventures in distant Africa. The result is a sculpture that questions escapism, power relationships and above all Studio Job’s own work.
One of the four wheels has been replaced by a cartwheel; another wheel has been given a miniature version of the Capitol for its rim. A gigantic rhinoceros stands in all its glory like a golden phallus on the bonnet, and a headlight has been replaced by a candle that hardly gives any light in the dark. The seats have been upholstered in wax prints made by Vlisco, the brand that produces exclusive materials specifically for the African rich. The stained glass windows in turn display magic masks from remote tribes.
Apart from the many details that clearly breathe the world of Studio Job, the sculpture has above all become a sampling of the many exclusive materials and monumental techniques that Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel have used during recent years.
I think final result couldn’t be more outstanding than this one!