Artist/Designer: Studio Job (Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel)
b. 1970, Belgium and b. 1977, Holland
Title: Coded Message 2006
Medium: Matte finish, biscuit porcelain
Dimensions: 10" diameter x 1"
Manufacturer: Royal Tichelaar Makkum
Details: Part of a project titled Biscuit from 2006 including nine different plates and five objects, including a vase, a box, candleholders and a lantern. The series was inspired by an antique machine in Makkum's factory, not used for decades, that could produce relief with greater depth. The designs were produced in limited quantities in an unglazed, matte white finish. Blue maker's mark on back, "Studio Job, Makkum". This series is no longer in production.
Notes from the Archive: Studio Job, founded in 2000 by Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, is best known for combining a high level of craftsmanship with extreme ornamentation. Their work sits on the border between art and design, and their iconography moves from traditional or primitive, to symbolic and monumental. Their style has been referenced as "neo-gothic" due to the complex combination of symbolic ornamentation and the message it implies. "Coded Message" uses mixed iconic symbols creating their own modern system of hieroglyphics, including a jet plane, an astronaut, and a simple toothpaste tube. One the back, a stylized image of a fish skeleton drapes across the plate. A comprehensive retrospective, "Studio Job; MADHOUSE" will be shown March 22-August 21 at the Museum of Art & Design in New York City.
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