The American Job
Belgian/Dutch artist Job Smeets with Studio Job in his debut exhibition with New York gallery R & Company, presents over 20 new sculptures and original drawings, inspired by a 15,000 mile road trip across America.
Three years in the making, American Job marks the first major American exhibition of Studio Job’s work since his retrospective at the MAD Museum, New York in 2016. Known for making monumental objects that capture his inquisitive nature and incisive cultural commentary, Smeets brings his singular aesthetic and conceptual approach to the complicated subject of America in this new exhibition. The American Job features works that reflect some of the sights, symbols and experiences in America that Smeets encountered as he traveled the expanse of the country, from car garages and forgotten monuments, to the theatre of Graceland and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. Highlights include; Lady Liberty battling a storm; a 1/5th scale of the actual Cadillac Eldorado driven on the trip, as a light object; Las Vegas based on Elvis’s suit as a light object.
“I realized that the All-American icons I was familiar with had become a part of a past culture that dominated the world, relics, items of history, all gaining patina, dust and wear.” Job Smeets explains. The artist creates a collection of sculptures and drawings that reflect this new reality, while maintaining their place in the contemporary climate and carrying ever-important undertones of the American dream.
Exhibition ‘The American Job’
Gallery R & Company, New York
November 4, 2022–January 27, 2023