“A superbloom is a rare desert botanical phenomenon in which an unusually high proportion of wildflowers whose seeds have lain dormant in desert soil germinate and blossom at roughly the same time.
The phenomenon is associated with an unusually wet rainy season. The term superbloom is used to describe years when excess rain causes chaparral and desert landscapes to produce more flowers than normal, with carpets of wildflowers sometimes covering entire landscapes for a brief period. The seeds of desert wildflowers are made to last – they often have thick or waxy coatings and are able to survive in a dormant state for years or decades”.
As everyone will know when looking up the phenomenon on Wikipedia. To PETTERSEN & HEIN superbloom means believing that something beautiful can grow from desperate times. The year of 2020 has handed us all a great deal of troubles – why not try to believe great things will be generated and grow and from this?
With the exhibition SUPERBLOOM, PETTERSEN & HEIN have created 32 colorful, friendly and humorous beacons of hope. They are all shaped with a recognizable touch, but a new technique has been added; a ceramic glaze, applied at Tommerup Ceramic Workshop, which qualities and looks have a slight resemblance with the colorful carpets of flowers of the superbloom phenomenon.
The relationship between a designer and an artist has led to the collaborative project, PETTERSEN & HEIN, in which Lea Hein and Magnus Pettersen combine their shared enthusiasm for materials such a concrete and steel and their love for imperfections. In their universe, function follows form and everything is connected.
In their practice, Pettersen & Hein explore what happens when art operates out of a function parameter and design is a mere sculptural presence in a room. They continuously ask themselves what happens when design is no longer comprised by function, but longs for the aesthetic and ethical freedom of art. And whether those fields can emerge in a poetic and innovative fashion.
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