Half an hour ago I deleted all posts of all Studio Job projects on my blog. The trigger was Gabrielle Kennedy from design.nl who wrote an article of a recent TV appearance of Job Smeets, the founder of Studio Job, which is not just embarrassing but also shocking in terms of ignorance.
I instantly watched the Dutch TV program and it’s really sad. How can he even dare to be pissed off that the Groniger Museum doesn’t want to present a tablecloth that is obviously inspired by concentration camp motifs. I mean, I would give you that, Job. One tablecloth is ok. Even of you says that it is justifiable in context of your work, which is bullshit, because I don’t see any context, which leads to another question: Where is the context of the copy of the Buchenwald concentration camp you are making for one of your dearest private collectors. Who is it? Geert Wilders? Sorry, I forgot, you don’t like to answer questions. You like avoiding them. You are obviously not thinking further than ‘nice patterns, think big and sell well’. You must be stupid. I am disappointed.
Note: One week later Gabrielle Kennedy and Design.nl were forced to delete the article from their website. Now you can find a new article on the website with the title ‘Job Smeets and the Holocaust’. It’s a reserved summary of the happenings and some statements from Job Smeets. At the end of the article you find this: ‘This article is a revised and updated version of last week’s Studio Job piece, which is no longer available.’ Now I am angry.