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Job Description: Studio Assistant (Sculpture)

Studio Overview

Simphiwe Ndzube (“Artist”) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Cape Town, South Africa. He received his BFA from the Michaelis School of Fine Arts in 2015. Ndzube’s work is characterized by a fundamental interplay between objects, media and two-dimensional surfaces; stitching together a subjective account of the Black experience in post-apartheid South Africa from a mythological perspective.

 

Recent exhibitions include Oracles of the Pink Universe, Denver Art Museum (2021); Like the Snake that Fed the Chameleon, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (2021); The Fantastic Ride to Gwadana, Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (2020); Lá oú les eaux se mêlent, The 15th Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France (2019).

 

The studio, based in the Fashion District, is in conversation with the larger artist community of Downtown LA. The ideal candidate is based in or around Downtown LA and has an interest in being involved in this rich community. The studio is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Job Summary

Simphiwe Ndzube’s Studio seeks a part-time temporary Studio Assistant specializing in sculpture fabrication. This position will be for several fixed-term projects to be completed during the months of September and October. Candidate must be experienced in working with wood and metal and must also be able to lift 50 lbs. Studio Assistant will work under the direction of the Artist in a small studio environment.

 

Candidate must be reliable, diligent, and possess an astute attention to detail. A strong interest, sensitivity, and awareness of working with a variety of materials and the ability to quickly absorb new methods are required. Experience working in a prior artist studio is beneficial. Knowledge of assembling and/or operating a printing press is not required but preferred.

 

Responsibilities of Position

The role will include, but not be limited to the following responsibilities:

  • Assist the Artist and Studio Manager with all day-to-day responsibilities for studio maintenance including sweeping, organizing materials, and light cleaning and kitchen tasks

  • Under the Artist’s instruction, assist with carpentry, mould making, casting, working with resins, metal working, foam carving, shaping clay, and other tasks

  • Select materials for projects

  • Assist with photo documentation as needed

  • Must be comfortable working with a diverse staff

 

Position will pay $25/hr, 2-3 days per week, weekdays, 9:30am – 5:00pm. Deadline to apply is August 26th. Please submit a portfolio, cover letter, and CV or resume to studiomanager@simphiwendzube.com.