Studio Job - B*lsh*t Circus at Moco Museum

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08 November 2019

Bullshit Circus, Studio Job 2019

 

Moco Museum, Honthorststraat 20, Amsterdam

Dates: 8th November, 2019 onwards

 

This larger-than-life sculptural wagon refers to the ‘circus’ of the art-world. “A museum is an event, and that’s exactly where the zeitgeist is, where we all are within the art world.” explains creator Job Smeets. With a nod to the travelling nature of exhibitions bringing art all over the world to entertain, shock and delight: precisely like the circus. Smeets continues, “It is like the circus coming to town, I think it’s very contemporary to draw as much attention as possible when it comes to art. Whether we like it or not, art is show-business.”

 

The wagon smashes into Museum Square fronted by a huge casted metal fist as a medieval battering ram, above it in neon proclaims ‘Have a Nice Day’ an ironic phrase used on the face of modern police enforcer. Studio Job are known for playing mind-games with their work, and this piece though wild in its execution, is also a functional ticket booth. Following on from the studio’s history of complete sculptural works such as, ‘The Love Boat’ for Barney’s and ‘Automobile’ for Landrover, the B*llsh*t Circus is an icon of the circus of the art world.

 

“It was in part inspired by a television series from my youth ‘Pipo de Clown’, about a clown and his family and friends all living a colourful bohemian wagon” explains Smeets. The B*llsh*it Circus however goes totally off-piste as it ran through through the avant-garde brain of Studio Job. What seems to be an erratic collection of references, are all carefully curated from the iconic archives of the studio.

The Ticket Booth

Containing references to Studio Job’s oeuvre alongside new ideas, the piece has casted bronze, a hallmark of Job’s work, adorning the exterior the precious material is combined with plastic, precious woods and neon, a mish-mash of old and new. On the back the door comes to life with a casted bronze nose, a teeth-shaped postbox and cyclops eye window.

Despite the classical wagon shape, the art piece is equipped will all the modern facilities; heating, cooling and two completely equipped workstations to sell museum tickets. The internal space has been created to feel like a cosy chapel, with classical starry sky and a hand-painted flaming heart. “We wanted to make sure the people working inside were as happy as those outside” continues Smeets. Crafted, sculpted, and painstakingly hand-painted in the studio’s workshop in the Netherlands, this piece is the culmination of two years work by the art studio for the Moco Museum.

“For us it is once in a lifetime opportunity to create a piece in the museum square in Amsterdam.”

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